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English Graduate Current Courses

2020 - 2021 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 2020

ENGL 5001: RESEARCH METHODS (T 5:30-8:00)
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.

Shonni Enelow
A survey of major American plays from the early twentieth century to the present, examined alongside contemporary scholarly debates in theater and performance studies. Topics of study will include theater and media, theories of spectatorship, ideologies of acting, performance as work and the performance of work, liveness and authenticity, and representations of difference. Playwrights studied will include (but not be limited to) Zora Neale Hurston, Gertrude Stein, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Adrienne Kennedy, David Mamet, Suzan-Lori Parks, Young Jean Lee, Richard Maxwell, Annie Baker, and Jackie Sibblies Drury.
CRN 43664

Fulfills H3

ENGL 5022 SHAKESPEARE’S HISTORY PLAYS (F 11:30 – 2:00; Lincoln Center Campus)
Stuart Sherman
Shakespeare’s first great hit was a series of history plays about the kings who ruled, and the wars they waged, a century and more before his birth. The eight plays produced (Harry Potter-style) over the course of eight years, gave London audiences then-and will give us now-a chance to watch Shakespeare becoming Shakespeare: to see him learn how to pack plays with a pleasure, impact, and amazement, a scene by scene and line by line, with a density and intensity no playwright before or since has ever managed to match.
CRN 43448
Fulfills H2

(T 11:00 – 1:30)

Suzanne Yeager
The medieval taste for the exotic has introduced many audiences to a range of monstrous beings, from ferocious giants and dog-headed men to the peace-loving sciapod. Medieval studies of monstrosity have often been linked solely to the pre-modern understanding of the exotic East, and have been viewed as attempts to theorize the different human “races” found there. Moreover, crusading further complicated the discourses of monstrosity in the perception of non-Christian religious other who was perceived, as Debra Higgs-Strickland put it, “as ugly as sin.” Yet, the medieval language of monstrosity was not always limited to travel narrative, nor to the pejorative, for it was used to describe heroes, saints, even the Christian deity in far more familiar contexts than many would imagine. In this course we will examine the discourse of monstrosity as a complex critical lens through which pre-modern writers asked important questions of race, religion, civic virtue, and human morality. In our study, we will read selections from Pliny, Augustine, and others before moving through a range of texts, including the Beowulf manuscript, medieval drama, romance, and Mandeville’s account.
CRN 43446
Fulfills H1, DI

(M 2:30-5:00)
Andrew Albin

“If I woke up tomorrow in the Middle Ages...” Why wait until tomorrow? The medieval may be much sooner than you think—it might even be now. Post-historicism, queer temporality, deconstructionist historiography, and affect studies have all revealed the creative intellectual promise of time bending back on itself, especially when brought to bear on texts, objects, spaces, and cultures that occupy the shadowy middle span between modernity and antiquity. In this course, we will build multidirectional conversations among medieval sources and modern theorists that ask how we come in contact with the temporal fullness of the Middle Ages, how the medieval irrupts in the now, and how we and our medieval interlocutors meet across centuries in the flesh of our lived experience. Topics in primary sources include medieval theories of time, ghost and undead narratives, liturgy, civic drama, musical notation, meditations on the life of Christ, and song, lyric, and performance. Theorists/critics may include: Henri Bergson, Alain Corbin, Margreta de Grazia, Jacques Derrida, Carolyn Dinshaw, Michel Foucault, Bruno Latour, André Lepicki, Carrie Noland, Rebecca Schneider, Eve Sedgwick, Michel Serres, Diana Taylor, Nicholas Watson, Siegfried Zielinski. We will read texts in Middle English; no former experience with the language is required.
CRN  44721

Fulfills H1

Maria Farland
This seminar is open to graduate students pursuing internships in publishing, museum management, or arts administration during the spring 2020 semester. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies to make sure that your internship qualifies for course credit.
CRN 33500

Stephen Sohn

This course will focus on speculative fiction (penned by North American writers of color)—potentially including popular genres such as graphic narrative, young adult novels—that have often been dismissed as lowbrow or uncultured. We will reconsider them in light of their aesthetic complexity, political texture, racial and social differences, and popular constructs such as aliens, magical objects, vampires, and associated motifs and figures. Course selections may include: Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese, Nidhi Chanani’s Pashmina, Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti, Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Certain Dark Things.
CRN 44127
Fulfills: H3, DI

ENGL 5193: The Stuff of Fiction (F 5:30 – 7:30; Lincoln Center Campus)
Stacey D'Erasmo

The proper stuff of fiction’ does not exist,” Virginia Woolf declared in an essay called “Modern Fiction”: “everything is the proper stuff of fiction, every feeling, every thought; every quality of brain and spirit is drawn upon; no perception comes amiss.” In this workshop we will explore the process of transforming imaginative musings and life experience into fiction, looking particularly at how memory and place can serve as points of departure. We'll examine how the details of everyday life can be transformed imaginatively into fiction through the use of character, setting, and dialogue. Along the way, we will stop to examine various aspects of craft such as theme, style, plot, and pacing in students' own writings as well as in selected readings.
CRN 44233

ENGL 5225: JANE AUSTEN IN CONTEXT (R 5:30 – 8:00)
Susan Greenfield
In this course we will read all of Jane Austen’s major novels. There are three central goals. The first one is simply to enjoy Austen’s writing (as unsophisticated as that may sound). The second is to consider the historical contexts (political, social and economic) that helped shape her prose. And the third is to survey and analyze some of the recent trends in Austen scholarship, which will, ideally, aid you in developing your own critical skills.
CRN 43327
Fulfills: H2

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

Maria Farland
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

John Bugg
This 0-credit seminar, open to all graduate students. For Fall 2020 students who would like help with three kinds of professional documents are especially encouraged to sign up: articles for publication, fellowship applications (internal and external), and materials for the job market.  
CRN 14025

ENGL 8996: MA CAPSTONE (T 2:30 – 5:00) 
Maria Farland
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