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ENGLISH GRADUATE COURSES SPRING 2014

ENG-D600 History of the English Language (4 cr.)
29246                      TR                           7:00-8:15P             Bobby Meyer-Lee
“I can’t get no satisfaction”—this famous refrain from the Rolling Stones song illustrates succinctly at least three aspects of the history of the English language: language change, in the line’s use of the double negative for emphasis, once a regular feature of the language now deemed ungrammatical; the rise of an English standard against which other supposedly lesser varieties of English are measured; and the relation of dialect to social identity—in this instance, how language can signify, and is shaped by perceptions of, race, class, and gender (since we can assume that Mick Jagger, son of a school teacher and himself a former student at the London School of Economics, knew well how to speak “properly” and thus chose his words to signify something other than his white, middle class, suburban upbringing).   These topics—the early history of the language, the varieties of English and standardization, and sociolinguistics—will be three of the central concerns of this course.   In exploring these topics, we will pursue activities ranging from learning some Anglo-Saxon grammar; gaining an appreciation for the achievements of writers of Old, Middle, and Early Modern English; examining the social and linguistic significance of the varieties of English spoken across and within national boundaries; to investigating the characteristics of our own contemporary speech communities.  The graduate version of this course, D600, will meet along with its undergraduate counterpart, G301.  Graduate students should expect extra readings, to stay an extra hour on some class meetings, and to complete additional and larger written assignments.

ENG-G660 Stylistics (4 cr.)
5835                        R                             5:30-8:00P             Ken Smith
Survey of traditional and linguistic approaches to the study of prose and poetic style. Attention will center on the description of the verbal characteristics of texts, what those characteristics reflect about the author, and how they affect the reader.
 

ENG-L680 Special Topics Literary Study and Theory (4 cr.)
5786                        M                            5:30-8:00P             David Dodd Lee
Topic: American Poetry of the Twentieth Century and the New York School
In this course, we will look at the work of twentieth century New York School poets Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Barbara Guest, and James Schuyler. We will investigate their relationship to mainstream poetry of the 1940s and 1950s (including the confessional poets Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, and John Berryman). We will also examine the way different elements of New York School poetics were taken up by different poets of the “second generation,” and examine their relationship to avant-garde poetry, including their influence on poets in the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century. Additionally, we will also explore the relationship between the NYS poets and the visual arts (including abstract expressionist painting), as well as ideas of hybridity in American poetry as they emerged following the publication of two important anthologies, each representing a distinctive poetic position in American poetry (which Robert Lowell labeled "the raw and the cooked"): Donald Allen's The New American Poetry (1960) and New Poets of England and America, edited by Donald Hall, Robert Pack, and Louis Simpson, published in 1957.
 

ENG-L680 Special Topics Literary Study and Theory (4 cr.)
29242                      T                              5:30-8:00P             Chu He
Topic: Postcolonial Theory and Literature
This course is an introduction to the postcolonial theory and literature. Works by Fanon, Said, Bhabha, Spivak, Lloyd, and other important postcolonial critics will lead us to questions such as how post-colonialism came into being, what issues and concerns it has, what relationship there is among its different schools and regions, what impact it has on politics, culture, and literature, etc. Discussion of those questions will help us to understand the key terms and concepts such as colonialism, post-colonialism, decolonization, subaltern, hybridity, mimicry, nationalism, etc. in this intellectual discourse. With the help of theory, we will also analyze postcolonial literature and study how they deal with their colonial past, hybrid present, and difficult decolonization.

 
ENG-W511 Writing Fiction (4 cr.)
29244                       W                            5:30-8:00P             Kelcey Parker
Either ENG-W 511 or ENG-W 513 may be taken twice for the M.A.