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2019 - 2020 Graduate Courses

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All English graduate courses are held on the Rose Hill campus unless otherwise specified.

Undergraduate English Majors in their senior year are welcome to request admission to the 5000-level graduate courses listed below. If you’d like to take one of these courses, write to Please include in your email the specific course(s) in which you are interested.

Fall 2019

ENGL 5001 - Research Methods (R 5:30 - 8 p.m.)
Frank Boyle
An introduction to English studies at the graduate level, emphasizing bibliography, scholarly writing, and critical intervention. Although the emphasis of the course will vary according to the aims of the instructor, areas covered may also include book history, textual editing, historical research, and other issues of professional concern to graduate students.
CRN 13250
Required for all incoming PhD students.

ENGL 5102 – Global Postmodernisms (M 5:30 – 8 p.m.)
Daniel Contreras
Global Postmodernisms: This course historicizes postmodernity--or the historical period beginning in 1945 after WWII-- as reshaping the globe into different geographic and political formations after World War II. As the globe starts looking very different various national literatures engage with different questions about nationalism, history, and catastrophe. We will read widely drawing on short fiction from all the continents and writers may include: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julio Cortazar, Ngūgī wa Thiong'o, J.M. Coetzee, Michel Houllebecq, Martin Amis, Mo Yan, Gao Xingjian, Salman Rushdie, Mahmoud Darwish, David Foster Wallace, Thomas Pynchon.
CRN 40215
Fulfills A2, B3

ENGL 5115 - Internship Seminar (Tutorial)
Leonard Cassuto
This seminar is open to graduate students pursuing internships in publishing, museum management, or arts administration during the spring 2017 semester. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies to make sure that your internship qualifies for course credit.
CRN 33500

ENGL 5542 – Early Black Atlantic Archives (R 2:30 – 5 p.m.)
Julie Kim
Building on Paul Gilroy's concept of the black Atlantic, this course will examine the literature and art of the early black Atlantic world. Specifically, it will look at the aesthetic, cultural, and intellectual productions of members of the African diaspora from the long eighteenth century. These productions included poetry, autobiographies, slave narratives, essays, letters, portraits, and novels, which we will analyze to see how they shaped eighteenth-century conceptions of slavery, colonialism, resistance, freedom, justice, human rights, and selfhood. At the same time, we will think, at a metacritical level, about the scholarship and archival work that led to the recovery of this body of literature and art. As many scholars have pointed out, dynamics of erasure and silencing have had a profound influence on what types of black expression have been preserved, and one of the main challenges of doing work on the early black Atlantic world involves countering these dynamics. As such, in addition to reading about archives, we will practice engaging creatively with them for new insights into black thought and life. Early black Atlantic readings will include works by Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, David Walker, Mary Prince, Harriet Jacobs, and Martin Delany. Critical readings will include works by Saidiya Hartman, Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Nicole Aljoe, Pablo Gómez, Britt Russert, and David Kazanjian.
CRN 40440

Fulfills  A1, B2,  DI ,Theory

ENGL 5775 – Luminous Details (F 2:30 – 5 p.m.; Lincoln Center Campus)
Katherine Lederer
We take for granted that poetry relies on imagery.  But how exactly do we engage with, and reflect on, the information and the ‘facts’ of the material world? Using exercises, experiments, and readings from contemporary poetry, we will write new work, and revise it, with a focus on transformation and the ‘luminous detail.’ NOTE: This course is open to five undergraduate students with the instructor's permission and five graduate students for a total of ten students.
CRN 40538

Fulfills CVWG

ENGL 5788 – Memory, Trauma, Narrative (T 2:30 – 5 p.m.)
Anne Golomb Hoffman
Drawing on trauma studies, psychoanalysis, and narratology, this interdisciplinary course explores issues of narrative representation in literature and film. Recognizing that memory is the result of the interplay between past and present in the lives of individuals and of groups, we will explore the impact of trauma on the distinctively human capacity to represent experience in narrative form. Course texts include Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, and Toni Morrison’s Beloved
CRN 40213

Fulfills  A2, Theory

ENGL 5905 – Modern Poetry (F 11:30 – 2 p.m.; Lincoln Center)
Rebecca Sanchez
This course will explore how writers in the first half of the twentieth century responded to modernity through experiments with poetic form. Taking seriously the notion that form is political, modernist poets reimagined the ways language could mean through formal experimentation and interaction with other disciplines and media. By combining close reading (a technique we derive from the modernists) with cultural analysis, we will interrogate the impact of historical events and aesthetic movements on modernist writing, as well as the ways poetic forms actively contributed to the constitution of the modern world. Authors to be studied include Claude McKay, Christopher Okigbo, Gabriela Mistral, Melvin Tolson, T.S. Eliot, H.D., Paul Celan, William Carlos Williams, Gertrude Stein, George Oppen, Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Gwendolyn Brooks, W.B. Yeats, and Mina Loy, among others. 
CRN 40217

Fulfills  A2, B3,DI

ENGL 6004 – Colloquium: Pedagogy Theory Practicum (T 2:30 - 5 p.m.) 
Moshe Gold/Kirk Quinsland
Required 10th course for PhD Students. To register, contact the graduate administrator after receiving a passing grade in the first part of the Practicum, ENGL 5999. 
CRN 13269

Mary Erler
When we think of early drama, we usually think of the cycle plays, the great civic, multi-part, day-long productions from English towns: York primarily, but traditionally also Chester, Towneley, and N-Town in East Anglia. But scholarship in the last ten years has forced us to rethink that model in ways that investigate the context of these plays. The text we have from Chester is not really medieval but 16th-century, performed after substantial religious change had occurred, and marked by different local religious positions, hence a site of civic conflict. The Towneley plays, it seems, were not a performed cycle at all, but probably a collection of plays from different places, assembled for private reading, perhaps as an attempt to preserve some elements of an old dramatic religious tradition when that religion had fallen out of favor. These are two examples of the way the course will examine the cultural context of late medieval/early modern English drama. A third example: the most profound way in which this drama differs from later commercial drama is in the shift away from community theatre which occurred in London with the construction of the Theatre in 1572. We will explore the economic issues around the emergence of commercial theatre. Before the Theatre was built, who paid for plays? where were they staged? was there a performing community? In addition to excerpts from the cycle plays we will read some moral plays like Manynd and Everyman, some Tudor drama by John Heywood and Henry Medwall, and will finish up with Christopher Marlowe's Dr Faustus.
CRN 40702
Fulfills B1, B2

ENGL 6215 - Medieval British Historical Writing (M 10:30 – 1 p.m.
Tom O'Donnell
History-writing was fundamental to medieval and early-modern literary sensibilities, but in its relation to truth, genre, and identity, medieval history differs dramatically from contemporary understandings of the discipline of history. This course will introduce you to the major historiographical thinkers and practitioners of the Middle Ages in Britain and include selections from Gildas, Nennius, Bede, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Matthew Paris, and several French-language romances. Our interdisciplinary discussions will focus on the literary practices of medieval history.
CRN 40216

Fulfills B1

Leonard Cassuto
This 0-credit seminar is designed as a resource for all doctoral students who have passed the comprehensive exam. Students working on the dissertation proposal are encouraged to take this class. During each meeting students will present and respond to work in progress. Across the semester, the seminar will treat challenges of bibliographic research and strategies of effective writing specific to large projects.
CRN 40212

ENGL 8936 - Academic Issues: Publication & Fellowships (W 5:30 – 8 p.m.)
John Bugg
This 0-credit seminar, open to all doctoral students, provides a forum in which to discuss the issues that shape the pursuit of a career professing literature as well as the pursuit of a career outside of the academy. The focus for Fall 2018 will be academic publishing: the course is strongly recommended for students who wish to prepare an article for publication.
CRN 14025

ENGL 8996: MA CAPSTONE  (W 11:30-2 p.m.)  
Leonard Cassuto
Required course for MA students who wish to fulfill the Capstone assignment. Please contact the DGS if you are unsure about which semester would be best for your Capstone completion.
CRN 19758