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English Graduate Current Courses

2022 - 2023 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 2022

ENGL 5023: The Phenomenon of Oprah's Book Club (Fridays, 2:30-5:00 PM; Lincoln Center Campus)
Dennis Tyler
Since its inception in September 1996, Oprah’s Book Club (OBC) has transformed the literary landscape—from ushering in a new wave of enthusiastic readers and spiking the sale of books around the globe to reshaping the advertising and marketing of literature and offering readers strategies for engaging it. This course will explore the phenomenon of OBC, thinking through its formation and rise as well as its strategies and approaches to literature. We will tackle these matters as we examine closely themes of racial beauty, sexual assault, racism, imprisonment, disability, and politics in OBC-selected texts, such as Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Ernest Gaines’s A Lesson before Dying, and Michelle Obama’s Becoming.
CRN 48107

Fulfills H3, DI

ENGL 5108: The Visionary Epic Writers: Spenser, Milton, Blake (Mondays 2:30-5:00 PM)
Mark Caldwell
We'll discuss manageable selections from three classically “canonical” English writers who worked between 1591 and 1827, from the Renaissance to Romanticism. Spenser, Milton, and Blake (both a writer and visual artist) all wrote epics--historically the career-topping genre for ambitious writers. All three were powerful, even extreme imaginers—visionaries--who in some ways affirmed the dominant values of their times, but who also questioned, attacked, and saw beyond them--pre-moderns, in other words, who often uncannily foreshadowed post-modernism.
CRN 48105
Fulfills H2

ENGL 5111: Race, Religion, And Monstrosity in Medieval Literature (Tuesdays, 11:00-1:30PM)
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 48108
Fulfills H1, DI

ENGL 5122: Camp, Art, and Kitsch: Questions in Postmodern Aesthetics.  (Tuesdays, 5:30-8:00 PM)
Daniel Contreras
This class will employ literary and theoretical perspectives to define and critique problems in contemporary aesthetics and cultural difference. We will draw on historical works on the aesthetic which will include Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Benjamin, and Adorno. But the primary focus of the course will be on “camp” and “kitsch,” which are important and vital aesthetic categories but remain fiendishly difficult to define. This class will work to historicize these slippery terms and then employ them to critique postmodern Latinx literature and art. One of the objectives of the course is to think of cultural difference (for example, Latinx) as being composed of a history and an aesthetic, rather than one that is based on an “identity.” Camp and kitsch, I argue, are a way out of the impasse of identity politics and offer a resistance that comes from irreverence and subversion.
CRN 48106
Fulfills H3. DI

ENGL 5194:  Master Class: Fiction and Other Art Forms Fiction and Other Forms (Wednesdays, 12:00-2:00 PM, at Lincoln Center)
Stacey D'Erasmo
Neither the writing nor the reading of fiction happens in an aesthetic vacuum. We read, watch, listen, feel, and even taste all manner of other art forms, and these experiences inspire us, move us, and often find their way into what we write and how we write. In this course, we will explore the influence of music, the visual arts, theater, film, and even cooking on the fiction we read and write, and vice versa. Bring your curiosity and your willingness to be changed as a writer by other ways of making art.
CRN 45543

ENGL 5634: Modernists/Victorians (Thursdays, 2:30-5:00 PM)
Christopher GoGwilt
This course examines landmarks of Victorian literature and transatlantic English modernism, exploring breaks and continuities between Victorian and Modernist writers. Covering major texts from the 1840s to the 1940s, the course will also consider theoretical arguments about the status of the "classic" in literary history, and specifically as these define the fields of Victorian studies, modernism, modernity, and the classifications of "English" and "American" literature.
CRN 48109
Fulfills H3

ENGL 5843: Early Women Novelists (Thursdays, 5:30-8:00 PM)
Susan Greenfield
In this course we will read a selection of early novels by English women authors, including at least some of the following: Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko, Eliza Haywood’s Love in Excess, Frances Burney’s Evelina, Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda, Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Amelia Opie’s Adeline Mowbray, and the anonymously authored The Woman of Colour. Our goal is to develop rigorous, historically sensitive, close readings of each novel, in part by focusing on the representation of gender, class and race. The last category is especially important. Several of the novels above feature Black characters and address the slave trade, slavery and/or British colonialism. Given our own moment in history, I believe it is imperative to foreground discussions of race and antiracism, and I will organize my pedagogy accordingly.
CRN 48110
Fulfills H2

ENGL 5001: RESEARCH METHODS (Tuesdays, 2:30-5:00 PM)
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.
Required for all incoming PhD students.

Maria Farland
Open to graduate students who have secured an internship in publishing or other degree-related fields for the fall 2021 semester. Before enrolling in this Tutorial, you must contact the Director of Graduate Studies to make sure that your internship qualifies for course credit.

ENGL 5998: MA CAPSTONE (Tuesdays, 2:30-5:30 PM) 
Maria Farland
Seminar for MA students who wish to fulfill the Capstone requirement (note: the Capstone requirement may also be fulfilled, as an independent study, during the spring or summer semesters. Please contact the DGS if you are unsure about which semester would be best for your Capstone completion.
CRN 45455

Catherine Chaput
This course introduces students to central histories, issues, and debates in writing and rhetorical studies. By highlighting key theoretical and terminological developments, this course lays the way for informed self-reflective practice based in awareness of the most current scholarly work in rhetoric and composition, thereby helping participants start to define their own identities as teachers of first-year composition as well as literature and other courses.
CRN 13269

ENGL 8935: DISSERTATION SEMINAR (Tuesdays, 5:30-8:00 PM)
Maria Farland
This 0-credit seminar is designed as a resource for all doctoral students. 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 research and strategies of effective writing specific to large projects.
CRN 40212
Required for all PhD students preparing the dissertation prospectus.

Andrew Albin
This 0-credit seminar, open to all graduate students, serves two purposes. First, it provides a forum for workshopping writing projects apart from the dissertation: qualifying papers, conference papers, article submissions, fellowship narratives (internal and external), job market materials, and the like. Second, it invites speakers and builds conversations around aspects of the profession in need of demystification: collegial networking, edited collections, conference panel proposal/organizing, writing a peer review, writing a book review, etc. Mode of instruction will seek to accommodate the widest range of students, including ABD students.
CRN 14025