Graduate Courses

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."

- Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (1817)


Spring 2018 Graduate Course Offerings

Introduction to Critical Theory - EH 501 | Christopher Raczkowski
T, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Required of all M.A. students in the Literature Concentration in their first year of work. Surveys current literary theory from structuralism to the present. The purpose is to introduce the conceptual lexicons and reading strategies of advanced literary analysis. Topics treated include structuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, hermeneutics, Marxism, feminism, and reception theory.

Studies in Shakespeare I - EH 516 | Richard Hillyer
M, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Beginning with The Tempest, we will study in reverse chronological order all of Shakespeare's romances and some of his comedies. Students will write a 20-25 page research paper based on one or more of the romances, and drawing, as needed, from the comedies for points of comparison. As this project builds to a conclusion, the USA theater department will be mounting a production of the romance Pericles. Attendance at one performance of this is required and will likely prove very helpful to the paper-in-progress.

Studies in Genre: Sherlock and the Detective Genre - EH 577 | Ellen Harrington
TR, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

Moving from the emergence of detective fiction in the work of Poe, Dickens, and Collins to the figure of Sherlock Holmes and his contemporaries to various iterations of the detective in fiction, film, and television in 20th and 21st centuries, this class will consider the enduring resonance of the figure of the detective. Readings include classic works by Poe, Dickens, and Doyle; Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd; Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon; Caspary’s Laura read alongside Collins’s classic The Woman in White and Preminger’s film of Laura; James’s An Unsuitable Job for a Woman; Hitchcock’s film Rear Window; Mosley’s Devil in a Blue Dress; and episodes from Moffat and Gattis’s BBC series Sherlock. We’ll consider formal aspects of the genre and its political, cultural, racial, and gender contexts framed in literary criticism and fan culture.

Graduate Fiction Writing I/II - EH 583/584 | Nathan Poole
R, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

A seminar, writing workshop, and directed-study for intermediate and experienced writers of fiction. Through tailored reading and writing projects students will work toward developing a greater understanding of the means and manners of fiction. Much of class time will be spent discussing peer work, literary models, and advanced technical concepts.

Graduate Poetry Writing I/II - EH 585/586 | Charlotte Pence
W, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

This advanced poetry writing course continues the practices and studies in poetic craft began in earlier creative writing courses. Specifically, this course examines the state of the contemporary lyric and asks what are its craft elements that create what Auden defines poetry to be: "memorable speech." We will study a range of contemporary poets to understand not only how to shape our own experiences into poetry, but also how to understand our role within the lyrical tradition. To help us gain an understanding of this vibrant field, our class has the opportunity to meet guest poets this semester who include Jamaal May.

Since part of the writing process is the revision process, workshop will play a fundamental role in our course. Every week, we will submit poems to be workshopped. In workshop, students’ poems will be critiqued with the goal of a revised, polished manuscript presented by each writer at the semester’s end. A final portfolio of original poetry, a craft presentation, and attendance at literary events will constitute the course’s major requirements.

Special Topics: Screenwriting I - EH 590 | Adam Prince
TR, 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

This class focuses on the fundamentals of screenwriting. We will study character development, conflict, structure, formatting, and so on as we explore how to write screenplays. Our focus will be as expansive as possible, covering drama, comedy, and action genres as well as both TV and feature-length scripts. Students will write at least one close analysis of a screenplay in addition to extensive work on an original TV pilot and a feature-length script. Screenplays will be workshopped in class and revised accordingly.

Seminar: Folklore and Listening - EH 592 | Kern Jackson
R, 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

This course focuses on the collection of folklore and expressive culture. Analysis of oral narrative will provide a contemporary glimpse at collective memory in a specific time and place. Students are trained in ethnographic fieldwork methods, oral history interviewing techniques, transcription, and the evaluation of oral evidence.

Thesis Hours - EH 599

Please see Dr. Harrington if you would like to register for thesis hours and have not already discussed your committee, graduation requirements, etc.