Graduate Courses Offered in 2019-2020

Fall 2019

ENGL 5117 FA – Special Topics in Renaissance Literature: Early English Drama (Dr. Douglas Hayes)

This course will examine a selection of the extant drama of Britain from the 1460's to the 1560's.  We will also familiarize ourselves with some of the growing body of scholarship on early English drama in an effort to develop a reasonably comprehensive sense of the state of the field today.  Plays to be studied include selections from the biblical mystery plays (York, Chester, Towneley and N-Town), the Croxton Play of the SacramentWisdom, Mankind, Medwall’s Fulgens and Lucrece, Heywood’s The Four PP, Bale’s The Three Laws, and Lindsay’s Satyre of the Thrie Estatis.

ENGL 5411 FA – Special Topics I:  Film Adaptations (Dr. Batia Stolar)

[cross-listed with ENGL 4010 FA]

Literary and Cinematic Adaptations When a literary text is adapted for the screen, it is not uncommon to hear objections like “the film is never as good as the book,” or, to the contrary, “I don’t need to read the book; I watched the film.” Such responses to adaptations give us a glimpse into some of the assumptions and expectations readers of literary and cinematic texts carry. There are several theoretical and critical debates about the faithfulness of adaptations to the original text, as well as postmodern critiques that privilege exploring the intertextuality of adaptations. In this course, we will examine various theoretical approaches to adaptations by discussing selected theoretical readings as well as literary texts and their respective film adaptation(s).

ENGL 5750 FA – Special Topics in First Nations Literature:  Indigenous Futurisms (Dr. Judith Leggatt)  [cross-listed with SOCJ 5750 FA]

Indigenous Futurism combines speculative imaginings of the future with decolonization, and emphasizes the interrelationship of past, present, and future in Indigenous culture and thought. We will examine how Indigenous essays, speculative fiction, visual storytelling, and digital media contribute to the creation of Indigenous futures, and the importance of those imagined futures for Indigenous culture today. Topics to be discussed include the relationships between Indigenous futurism and speculative fiction; Indigenous futurism as decolonization; Indigenous ecologies and scientific literacies; and Indigenous understandings of time.

ENGL 5770 FA – Advanced Scholarly Methods **

Dr. Rachel Warburton

This course will offer instruction in graduate-level research, writing, and reading skills. The course will provide an overview of major modes of literary studies scholarship with special attention paid to: conceptualizing a research project; accessing and evaluating primary and secondary sources; and planning, drafting, and revising proposals and essays. The course will build toward a conference of student work.

**  This is a required course for all first year graduate students. Students who have taken English 5790 are not required to take English 5770.

Winter Term 2020

5211 WA – Special Topics in 17th Century Literature: Staging Early Modern Prostitution (Dr. Rachel Warburton)

Early modern London theatres, located outside the City in the "liberties", occupied the same geographical space as brothels and bear-baiting rings. In addition, anti-theatrical Puritans often connected theatrical performance with all manner of sexual vice, including prostitution. It's not surprising, then, to find numerous early modern plays dealing with both metaphoric and literal prostitution. As numerous critics point out, the marriage/inheritance plots of many city comedies register the contemporary social anxiety about the discomfiting similarities between (property-based) marriage and prostitution. In addition, the spectre of Continental courtesans haunts the stage in various ways that locate sexual vice as foreign, un-English. This course will examine a variety of early modern writings and plays about prostitution.

5215 WA – Special Topics in Literature, Culture, and Social Justice: Fan and Media Studies (Dr. Monica Flegel) [cross-listed with SOCJ 5215 WA]

This course will introduce students to theory and criticism in the fields of fan studies and media studies. Topics covered will include: producer/consumer relations in mass/pop culture; politics and popular culture; and researching online and fan communities. These topics will focus on a variety of cultural areas, including sports, new media, comic books, music, etc.

5215 WB – Special Topics in Literature, Culture, and Social Justice:  Narratives of Climate Change (Dr. Douglas Ivison) [cross-listed with SOCJ 5215 WB]

Climate change, or global warming, is one of the most prominent issues of our era, as the weather keeps reminding us. Its prominence is not always reflected in contemporary culture, but an increasing number of texts in a variety of genres and media have engaged directly or indirectly with climate change. In this course we will read a selection of narratives of climate change and in doing so examine the representation of climate change and the challenge of effectively and meaningfully engaging with climate change.

Discussion of climate change is not just discussion of climate change, however. Frequently, climate change functions as a means of discussing other issues: modernity, capitalism, consumerism, industrialization, humanity’s relationship to nature, technology, culture, the world order, European imperialism and American power, etc. In reading climate change narratives, then, we will examine the ideological work performed and the range of issues addressed by such narratives.