Schedule of Classes: English

Schedule of Classes: Film

Schedule of Classes: Writing

Course Descriptions Winter 2018

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Winter 2018

Fall 2017

Winter 2018

Fall 2017

Winter 2018


Course Name: ENG 406/506 Projects: Editing Shakespeare

Section: 2

CRN: 39140

Instructor: Olson, Rebecca

Class Time: TR 1000-1050

Instructor Office Hours: T R 1100-1200

Location in Moreland Hall: 244

Course Description: [No description needed; enrollment by instructor approval only]



Course Name: ENG 507: Literature Teaching Practicum

Section: 1

CRN: 35609

Instructor: Malewitz, Raymond

Class Time: M M 1700-1750

Instructor Office Hours: M W F 1400-1450

Location in Moreland Hall: 206

Course Description: This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts, techniques, and practices of literary pedagogy. The course is team-taught by a group of literature faculty and will cover topics ranging from course design to discussion management to grading. By the end of the course, students will:
1. Design literature courses appropriate for 100- to 400-level students;
2. Identify key goals for literary education, only some of which are specific to undergraduate students whose primary area of specialization is in the discipline;
3. Create assignments that are both manageable and boundary-pushing for students at various levels;
4. Distinguish the kinds of features that differentiate work at the “A,” “B,” C,” “D,” and “F” levels;
5. Name and discuss various best practices for lecturing, leading discussion, addressing teaching anxiety, writing exams, and providing feedback.

Requirement Fulfilled: The course is required for students to become eligible for GTA appointments as literature discussion leaders.


Course Name: ENG 525: Studies in Medieval Literature: The Global Medieval

Section: 1

CRN: 37405

Instructor: Bude, Tekla

Class Time: M 1400-1650

Instructor Office Hours:  TBA

Location in Moreland Hall: 222

Course Description: In popular culture, the "medieval period" is generally cast as European: a time of Vikings, Crusader knights, and lily-white damsels in distress.  In reality, the period between the fall of the Western Roman Empire (5th century CE) and the Fall of Constantinople (1453) was a complex millenium of global travel, commerce, and cultural exchange, far more heterogeneous than contemporary television, movies, and medievalizing fantasy literature usually depicts.  This class will focus on the multifaceted forms of global interchange present in this period.  How do the literature, travelogues, and life narratives written in Europe, Africa, and Asia reflect an epoch of political, religious, philosophical, and artistic interpenetration? How do these texts help us to redefine our conceptions of the term "medieval?"  How does medieval literature shed light on modern discourses of the nation-state, debates about race and ethnicity, and the concerns of postcoloniality?   

Special Topic: Global Medieval

Course Name: ENG 536: Studies in Victorian Literature

Section: 1

CRN: 39189

Instructor: Ward, Megan

Class Time: T 1600-2050

Instructor Office Hours: T R 1800 - 2050

Location in Moreland Hall: 302

Course Description: The Victorians loved to collect things, from natural history specimens to Indian textiles to china figurines. This course will begin by studying actual Victorian collecting practices, asking if these practices can help us better understand the Victorian novel. In particular, we'll read novels in relation to their authors' working notebooks (themselves collections of ideas) and as collections of serialized episodes published in periodicals. Along the way we'll read contemporary theories of collecting in order to understand how collecting works in relation to time, Empire, capitalism, and other forces at work in organizing Victorian literature and culture.

Special Topic: Victorian Literature

Requirement Fulfilled: MA Experience


Course Name: ENG 445/545: Studies in Nonfiction: Montaigne and the History of the Essay

Section: 1

CRN: 39159

Instructor: Anderson, Chris

Class Time: MWF 0900-0950

Instructor Office Hours: M W F 1100-1150

Location in Moreland Hall: 324

Course Description: In this course we'll study Montaigne in historical context, looking for what he can teach us as creative writers, or scholars, or both.. But we're also going to explore what he might be able to teach us as actual people, in the world, now. We'll read an essay of his each period, with some background reading, as well as essays by contemporary writers . We'll be interested in what Montaigne meant by the word "essay", both in the sense of the moves he makes as a writer and in the sense of the world he sees and the ways he invites us to see it. Montaigne invented the essay form, and though the essay has changed over the centuries, to understand contemporary nonfiction we need to understand where it started. The work will be a journal in which I'll ask you to write essayistically about Montaigne's essays, as well as weekly check-Ins in which you answer questions about the reading and do a brief freewrite. Texts: Montaigne's Essays, ed. Donald Frame; How to Live, Sarah Bakewell.

Special Topic: Montaigne and the History of the Essay

Requirement Fulfilled: Pre-1800, WIC


Course Name: ENG 580: Studies in Literature, Culture, and Society

Section: 1

CRN: 37407

Instructor: Sandor, Marjorie

Class Time: W 1800-2050

Instructor Office Hours: MWF 1600-1650

Location in Moreland Hall: 314

Course Description: In this course we will study the appearance of "the uncanny" in literature, studying its definitions in Freud, Royle, and Vidler, and observing its behavior in six novellas ranging from 16th century Germany to contemporary Great Britain, North and South America. Along the way, we will consider the origins and properties of the novella form (sometimes a long story, sometimes a short novel), and study the craft of a few literary masters as they step into the realm of the psychologically disturbed and possibly supernatural.
Requirements: Two 12-16 page papers (one of which may be creative), short analytical and creative responses, and an oral research presentation.

Special Topic: The Uncanny Novella

Requirement Fulfilled: Craft


Course Name: ENG 490/590: History of the English Language

Section: 1

CRN: 39188

Instructor: Bude, Tekla

Class Time: MWF 1200-1250

Instructor Office Hours: W 1300-1500

Location in Moreland Hall: 222

Course Description: Between June and September of 2017, 1000 new entries were added to the Oxford English Dictionary's catalog of nearly 230,000 English words. Among them were "funked up" ,"bracketologist", and "fatberg“ proof that English is constantly changing to address the concerns and interests of the present. In this class, we will study the history of the English language over the last 1500 years, examining its syntax, grammar, and vocabulary in its social, political, and artistic context. How do war, trade, globalization, memes, and tourism affect language? How is it that we consider the creole of Papua New Guinea (Mi lukim dok), Old English (Ic seo thone hund), Middle English (Y se the dogge), and Modern Standard English (I see the dog) as belonging to the same language despite broad differences? Although we will focus on the whole history of English, this class will pay particularly close attention to Old English, Middle English, and contemporary Englishes from around the world.

Requirement Fulfilled: Pre-1800


Course Name: FILM 452/552: Studies in Film: Alfred Hitchcock

Section: 1

CRN: 39681

Instructor: Lewis, Jon

Class Time: W 1800-2150 / R 1600-1950

Instructor Office Hours: T 1200-1400

Location: Darkside Cinema and Owen 103

Course Description: This course tracks the film career of one of the medium's foremost creative talents, Alfred Hitchcock, from his early years as a director in England through his many successes in Hollywood between 1940 and 1964. Of interest will be his evolution as an auteur, as a "film author" with a distinctive visual (anti-montage) style and a fondness for certain themes and story-lines: his predilection for playful psychodrama, for example. Weekly screenings will include his silent era masterpiece, The Lodger and Britain's first synch sound film, Blackmail as well as his better known Hollywood films: Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo, and The Birds.



Course Name: WR 508: Workshop: Annotated Edit/Pub (45th Parallel)

Section: 2

CRN: 36783

Instructor: St. Germain, Justin

Class Time: TR 1200-1320

Instructor Office Hours: T 1500-1630

Location in Moreland Hall: 316

Course Description: This course is a graduate-level practicum in publishing a national literary magazine, 45th Parallel. As the magazine enters its third year, we'll work together to sustain and develop its national reputation. The day-to-day work of this course is primarily to read the thousands of submissions we receive each year, make collaborative editorial decisions about what to publish, and participate in various ongoing efforts related to the magazine's publication and publicity: for example, students may pursue fundraising opportunities, assist with designing and proofreading the issue, maintain the magazine's social media presence, attend editorial and/or board meetings, represent 45th Parallel at literary events, and help publicize the new issue once it's in print. Because this course is designed to give students credit for work on the magazine, it won't look much like other graduate courses. We will meet at least once a week, but otherwise it's more like an independent study.


WR 407/512: Current Composition Theory

Section: 1


Instructor: Ribero, Ana

Class Time: T R 1200-1320

Instructor Office Hours: TR 1400-1500

Location in Moreland Hall: 318

Course Description: Current Composition Theory will introduce students to theories, practices, and principles in Composition Studies; the academic discipline that investigates how writing creates meaning in the world. We will read landmark research that has shaped the ways in which writing is taught and understood, and delve into contemporary theories and practices that problematize the discipline's intellectual history. Taking on a critical stance, we will analyze how Composition Studies is itself a discourse of power; a system of ideas that assigns value to some writers and their writing at the expense of others. In this way, we will call into question the discipline's assumptions and seek to understand how the teaching of writing is political.

Requirement Fulfilled: Pedagogy



Course Name: WR 420/520: Studies in Writing

Section: 400

CRN: 36064

Instructor: Detar, Liddy

Class Time: Ecampus

Instructor Office Hours: TBA

Location in Moreland Hall: Waldo Hall 225

Course Description: This course explores how women's lives are transformed from lived experience into written texts of many different forms: from autobiography, memoir, poetry, fiction to personal essays and academic writing. We will explore what moves us to write the stories of our lives or someone else's and how questions of genre and form are related to the stores we need to tell. Selected texts highlight lives and communities historically marginalized in one way or another, and as we read, we will pay particular attention to articulations of self that both inhabit and resist dominant cultural configurations of gender, sexuality, race, class and ethnicity. What does that resistance to these categories look like in textual form? What are its possibilities and its limits? Through these discussions, we will explore how the acts of writing are performative and strategic representations of the self and of personal experience.
Our focus on issues of textual representation will serve as the content and model

Special Topic: Writing Women's Lives: Representing Resistance, Strategies of Critique


Course Name: WR 524: Advanced Fiction Writing

Section: 1

CRN: 30200

Instructor: Dybek, Nick

Class Time: R 1400-1650

Instructor Office Hours: R 1200-1400

Location in Moreland Hall: 204A

Course Description: WR 524 is a graduate-level fiction workshop. We will discuss student fiction (and occasionally published fiction) with an eye towards answering two essential questions. First, what experience is this piece of fiction asking us to have? And second, how can that experience be made more potent or successful upon revision?


Course Name: WR 540: Advanced Nonfiction Writing

Section: 1

CRN: 35154

Instructor: St. Germain, Justin

Class Time: T 1800-2050

Instructor Office Hours: T 1630-1800

Location in Moreland Hall: 316

Course Description: This graduate-level workshop is for MFA students only; others must have instructor approval to enroll. In this course, we'll focus on a frequently overlooked aspect of writing, the day-to-day practice of the profession. Students will be expected to focus on a single new piece of writing for the entirety of the course. In ten weeks, we'll all compose a draft and a full revision, while meeting weekly word counts for new material. Workshops will differ from the traditional model of reading and discussing complete drafts; instead, we'll read each other's weekly writing in class, describing its effect on us as readers and possible avenues for development. My hope is that by sharing raw work in progress, we can better understand, and learn from, each other's writing processes; the course is also designed to help every student produce one publishable piece of work. If you have any questions about the course, please contact me.


Course Name: WR 541: Advanced Poetry Writing

Section: 1

CRN: 33605

Instructor: Biespiel, David

Class Time: T 1400-1700

Instructor Office Hours: TR 0730-0830am & by appointment

Location in Moreland Hall: 228

Course Description:The study of poetry is the study of life. The forms of poetry are the forms of an art. We will focus on the difference between these two strains of being a poet, of living as a poet in a democracy, and of becoming a student of the inner life in relation to history. To study poetry in a graduate workshop with other poets who dream of writing for decades to come is to understand that, even as you have faith that you know little of life, truly to have faith that life eludes you, that certainty is the death of the writer, you still must write as if you know everything about love and death, war and peace, family and friends, cities and farms, art, philosophy, religion, science.


Course Name: WR 462/562: Environmental Writing

Section: 1

CRN: 39207

Instructor: Pflugfelder, Ehren

Class Time: TR 1400-1520

Instructor Office Hours: TR 1300-1400

Location in Moreland Hall: 212

Course Description:In Environmental Writing, you'll read works by leading environmental thinkers while doing your own environmental writing. We'll work on environmental writing techniques and strategies as a way to think about the environment, communicate important issues, and explore specific topics in ecology, nature writing, wilderness, environmental communication, the Anthropocene, and climate change. You'll learn more about the history of environmental writing in America and be able to articulate ongoing and currently unfolding debates. We'll talk about environmental theory, trends in science writing, and environmental rhetoric, and head out into the woods for a field trip or two. Bring a waterproof notebook!

Course Name: WR 599: Special Topics: WR 222 Teaching Practicum

Section: 2

CRN: 39209

Instructor: Jensen, Tim

Class Time: M 1730-1820

Instructor Office Hours: M 1300–1500, F 1330–1500, & by appointment

Location in Moreland Hall: 208

Course Description: This teaching practicum provides assistance and support to graduate students teaching Writing 222 (Argumentation) for the first time. It is an opportunity to gather resources, exchange ideas, and troubleshoot common problems while teaching the course. The teaching practicum also provides the opportunity for graduate students to engage in curriculum development, and to assist in the instruction of graduate teaching assistants who will be teaching the course in future terms. Meetings will take place both in the larger group and one-on-one with the instructor, according to availability and need.


Course Name: WR 599: Writing Workshop for Thesis and Dissertation Writers Across the Curriculum

Section: 1

CRN: 36947

Instructor: Burton, Vicki Tolar

Class Time: MWF 0830-1150

Instructor Office Hours: MWF 1300-1400

Location in Moreland Hall: 210

Course Description: This writing workshop (3 credits) for advanced graduate students from all disciplines focuses on the writing of a thesis or dissertation. Students will write individually, meet in writing groups, have frequent conferences with the instructor, and participate in class discussions on writing as well as peer feedback sessions. The goal is to produce a significant amount of text for the dissertation/thesis during the 5-week course.

Students should have their research data and be writing or be ready to write chapters of their thesis/dissertation when the course begins. It is important that those enrolled be committed to devoting much of their time to writing during the weeks of the course. In addition to class time MWF mornings for five weeks, students should expect to write 12 hours a week outside of class. Some pre-course reading and writing is required, as is a closing self-assessment. For permission to register, please contact