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Current and Upcoming Courses

Spring 2014

ENGL 507 – Survey of Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature, Wed. 4:00-6:45, Professor Bowers, Meets at CofC. (Fulfills requirement for pre-1800 British literature)

This course examines the writings of major authors of the eighteenth century, mainly within the context of the Enlightenment, one of the most important movements in European history, a movement that helped form the core beliefs and institutions of the modern world. As with all such transformational movements, the Enlightenment encountered heavy resistance and criticism, some of which remains valid. We will look at key works by Enlightenment thinkers and key works by those hostile to the Enlightenment. While the course will focus on the works of British authors (such as Daniel Defoe, Joseph Addison, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Johnson, and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu), it will also examine some selected writings of important Enlightenment authors from the Continent and America (such as Voltaire, Diderot, Kant, and Jefferson).

ENGL 517 - Special Topic: Mark Twain and Postmodernism, Thurs. 7:00-9:45, Professor Leonard, Meets at The Citadel. (Fulfills the American literature requirement)

Mark Twain was a hero of literary Modernism, valorized by such giant figures as Ernest Hemingway and T. S. Eliot; and the merits and demerits of his signature novelistic effort, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, were debated in terms of the Formalist criteria characteristic of the Modernist era. But that attention devalued, or simply ignored, the later Twain—the Twain of Letters from the Earth, What Is Man?, and The Mysterious Stranger—an inattention furthered by prevailing critical preconceptions and, in some instances, by missing or corrupted texts or the frequently fragmentary nature of the texts that were known. But in recent decades a new Mark Twain has emerged, thanks partly to notable scholarship that unearthed or uncorrupted texts that had been in one way or another out of play, and to a still greater extent to the changing currents of literature and literary criticism that now, as Postmodernism and Poststructuralism, came to value just the sort of artistic and philosophical inelegancies that Modernism had deplored but that the later Twain had been so hardheadedly determined to explore. We'll give attention to the longer works mentioned above, plus shorter ones with such titles as "Three Thousand Years Among the Microbes," "Extracts from Eve's Autobiography," "The Great Dark," "Which Was the Dream?" "The United States of Lyncherdom," and "Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven." On the other side of the equation, we'll devote considerable time and space to identifying the characteristics and philosophical underpinnings of Postmodernism and seeing how those are manifested in novels by Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse-Five) and J. M. Koetzee (Waiting for the Barbarians) as well as shorter works by the likes of Sherman Alexie, Amy Tan, George Saunders, and Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni. Graded work will include a research paper and at least one oral presentation.

ENGL 517 – Special Topic: Representations of Slavery, Mon. 7:00-9:45, Professor Lewis, Meets at CofC. (Fulfills requirement for post-1800 British literature)

This course will explore the representation of slavery and the slave trade in the English-speaking Atlantic World, examining texts from Britain, West Africa, the Caribbean and North America. While the focus will be on fictional narrative in prose and in poetry, we will also be looking at non-fiction (history, autobiography, and polemic) as well as visual representations (historical and contemporary), and music. The specific focus on representations of slavery and the slave trade will enable us to ask probing questions regarding the role of writing in the construction of race and ethnic and national difference, and the centrality of slavery to Euro-American modernity and capitalism. Although the syllabus is far from settled just yet, I expect that key theoretical texts will include Paul Gilroy's now-classic The Black Atlantic (1993) and Simon Gikandi's Slavery and the Culture of Taste (2010). Primary texts will include the work of British writers (e.g., Caryl Phillips, Bernardine Evaristo), African writers (e.g., Ama Ata Aidoo, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Yvette Christianse), Caribbean writers (e.g., Derek Walcott, Jamaica Kincaid, Kwame Dawes), and North American writers (e.g., Toni Morrison, Marie Nourbese Phillip, Brenda Marie Osbey). Almost all—like Olaudah Equiano—will raise questions about the difficulty of assigning neat identities to the writers and about complicity/resistance.

ENGL-550, 551—Special Topics in Composition or Language One – Writing Children’s Books

A study of a special author, period, topic, or problem in composition or language which is outside the routine offerings of the department. The subject for each course will be announced.

ENGL 552 - Young Adult Literature, Thurs. 4:00-6:45, Professor Thompson, Meets at The Citadel. (Elective for MA students; requirement for MAT students)

This class is designed to help middle school and high school teachers use young adult literature (a.k.a. "YA lit," "adolescent lit," or "teen lit") in their classes. Participants will need to read an average of one YA novel per week throughout the semester to become familiar with the variety of genres popular today, as well as with the variety of topics addressed. Because the focus is on using YA lit in middle school and high school, each participant will design a unit of instruction that either focuses on or includes one or more YA novels. Additionally, each participant will write a research-based paper on some aspect of YA lit and its place in the curriculum.

ENGL 562 - Workshop in Advanced Composition, Tues. 4:00-6:45, Professor Rule-Maxwell, Meets at The Citadel. (Elective for MA students; requirement for MAT students)

English 562 aims to help you become a better writer by challenging you to think critically about the processes of composition, teaching you to adapt your style based on your purpose, and providing you with rhetorical strategies to more effectively convey your ideas. A wide range of writing assignments—including travel essays, grant proposals, scientific writing, and feature articles—will help you develop real-world skills you can use in your studies and apply outside of the classroom.

ENGL 700 – Post 9/11 American Literature, Mon. 4:00-6:45, Professor Farrell, Meets at CofC. (Fulfills requirement for American literature)

In this class, we will examine some of the fiction, memoirs, graphic representations, poetry, and music produced in the U.S. that responds directly to the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001. We'll discuss how these works represent cultural and political changes following the attacks. Other topics may include connections between post-9/11 literature and other literatures of trauma, mourning, and commemoration; media representations and commercialization of 9/11; Americans' imaginings of the terrorist mindset, of cultural and religious "Others"; terrorism and postmodernity; and formal/stylistic choices made by artists in confronting both personal and national tragedy.

Summer 2014

ENGL-520—A Survey of World Literature I

Masterpieces of world literature in translation from the beginnings to around 1650 with special attention to the philosophical content and the development of literary forms.

ENGL-553—Modern English Grammar

An intensive study of the syntax of present day English. The course also includes a review of traditional grammar, focusing primarily on the parts of speech. Special attention is given to linguistic theory, particularly regarding the acquisition of language.

Fall 2014

ENGL 502: Shakespeare. Tues. 7-9:45.  Professor Pilhuj. Meets at The Citadel.  (Fulfills requirement for pre-1800 British literature.)

This course will take as its focus the multiple perspectives of political matters that an examination of Shakespeare’s plays affords.  Issues considered will include the nature of effective leadership, definitions of kingship (and queenship), the consequences of dynastic politics, military leadership, gender concerns, the relationship between subject and ruler, the formation of various ideas of nation and kingdom, empire-building, perspectives of history (both our own and Shakespeare’s), and related questions about performance and adaptation.

ENGL 509: Romantic Literature. Mon. 4:00-6:45. Profesor Beres Rogers. Meets at CofC. (Fulfills requirement for post-1800 British literature.)

Until recently, the Romantic era has been studied as the era of the imagination, a backlash to the rationality and scientism that (ostensibly) characterized the Enlightenment.  This course will examine recent scholarship that calls this characterization into question, delving Romantic authors’ relationships to various sciences.  We will read Richard Holmes’s The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, as well as a number of recent articles, to historicize writing by Charlotte Smith (botany), William Wordsworth (geology), Jane Austen (brain science), Samuel Taylor Coleridge and John Keats (medicine and chemistry), and Mary Shelley (biology).  These specific disciplines, then grouped as Natural Philosophy, informed and structured the Romantic understandings of imagination and self.

ENGL 512: Southern Literature. Wed. 4:00-6:45. Professor Eichelberger. Meets at CofC. (Fulfills requirement for American literature.)

A study of selected texts, both canonical and lesser-known, by and about residents of the U. S. South. Authors will include William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Yusef Komunyakaa, Tennessee Wiilliams, and a variety of others, as well as folklore, music, and film. Course requirements will include a class presentation, short writing assignments, a longer paper, a midterm, and a final exam. The course will emphasize works produced since 1900 and will explore some of the recurring themes often associated with the U. S. South: race, class, family, and place; land, labor, and the pastoral ideal; nostalgia and history; regionalism, nationalism, and the global South. In addition to doing textual analysis, students will do research on the historical and cultural circumstances in which texts were produced. Course assignments will invite students to either challenge or confirm prevailing beliefs about the region.

ENGL 517: Lyric Theory, Lyric Practice. Mon. 7:00-9:45. Professor Rosko. Meets at CofC. (Fulfills elective credit.)  

This class combines a broad historical survey of poetry and poetics poetics (writing and thinking about poetry) from Aristotle to the present with both critical and creative engagements with those materials.  We will begin by exploring the roots of lyric as a form or mode, and attend to the specific generic elements of lyric poetry as they have developed historically, moving from a selection of ancient Greek and Latin translations through the English Renaissance and up to contemporary poetry. In our reading of poems, we will be especially concerned with identifying the tropes, themes, and formal building blocks of specific lyric forms and how they evolve over time. Canonical theoretical/poetics essays and more recent critical essays on poetry will supplement our reading of poems. Course requirements include: the composition of poems that emulate (or experiment with) prosody and form or otherwise enact theoretical ideas relevant to the course; a close reading, analytical workshop in which one of your poems will be discussed; a presentation on a poetics essay; and a final paper that traces a specific poetic form or idea of the lyric through three poems from different historical periods.

ENGL 700: Caribbean Literature. Revising the Canon: The Empire Writes Back. Thurs. 4:00-6:45. Professor Maxwell. Meets at The Citadel. (Fulfills seminar requirement as well as requirement for post-1800 British literature.)

This course focuses on Caribbean literature that responds to canonical British works. Throughout the semester, we will investigate how and why Caribbean authors revise a wide selection of literary works considered to be part of the English literary canon. We will contemplate what the canon is, how it can be read in relation to Caribbean literature, and why it inspires the Empire to write back to its colonial center.

ENGL-595—Methods and Materials for English Language Arts

This course exposes students to theories and practices of teaching English (to include reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and thinking) in grades 9-12, including preparation for reflective practice and classroom-based teacher research. In-class instruction is augmented by field experiences that expose students to the professionalism of practicing ELA teachers and the realities of working with a diverse population of students. This course is intended to prepare candidates for a teaching internship. Prerequisites: EDUC- 501 and EDUC-592.

Note: For students in the M.A.T. in English program only.

ENGL-563—Creative Writing—Fiction

Class discussion of student writing using twentieth-century fictional works as models.

Spring 2015

ENGL564- Teaching with Technology

Teaching with Technology will give you the opportunity to learn about different web-based resources that you can use when you're teaching to improve your students' writing and get them excited about learning. This class will provide interactive instruction designed to inspire imaginative approaches to incorporating these resources. Everything you do for this class will utilize technologies in local schools and will focus on texts that you'll likely be teaching in the future, so you'll be developing applications you can actually use in your future classes.

ENGL-535—African American Literature

A study of African American literature from the early days of slavery, to the struggle for emancipation, to the twentieth-century Harlem Renaissance and civil rights movement. Readings will cover poetry, fiction, and drama, as well as autobiographies and cultural commentaries.

ENGL-552—Adolescent Literature

A study of literature for the adolescent, including methods of introducing the major literary genres to the secondary school student.

Note: For students in the M.A.T in English program only.

Summer 2015

ENGL-554—History of the English Language

A historical survey of the syntactic and phonological features of Old, Middle, Early Modern, and present day English. Special attention is given to the varieties of American English, particularly African American Vernacular English.

ENGL-521—A Survey of World Literature II

Masterpieces of world literature in translation from around 1650 to the present time with special attention to the philosophical content and the development of literary forms.

Fall 2015

ENGL-560—Film Studies

A study of films from a variety of nations and filmmakers. Attention is given to how techniques of filmmaking such as mise en scène, montage, and lighting communicate a filmmaker's construction of meaning. In some cases, comparisons may also be made between films and their written sources to demonstrate differing approaches to conveying comparable meaning.

Spring 2016

ENGL-550, 551—Special Topics in Composition or Language One – Writing Children's Books

A study of a special author, period, topic, or problem in composition or language which is outside the routine offerings of the department. The subject for each course will be announced.