2015-2016 Fall/Winter Course Offerings
Survey and critical analysis of a broad range of theories bearing on the relation of literary texts to cultural formations.
Graduate Seminar in Research and Professional Development
Topics such as the nature and requirements of academic work, research methodologies, research resources, the nature and requirements of the graduate thesis and research paper, the development of the research proposal, focused discussion of research and design strategies for the work proposed, the development of and adherence to a schedule, preparation of conference proposals and public presentations.
Frantic and Sickly: Gothic Texts and Contexts
Examinations of the emergence of and responses to gothic texts in the latter half of the eighteenth century in Great Britain. Special attention will be given to non-canonical works. Topics may include the politics of taste; criticism and the literary marketplace; popular rewritings; and the culture of "terror."
Transnationalism and Racial Cosmopolitanisms in the American 19th Century
Explores the transnational turn in American studies. Particular attention to different modes of cosmpolitanism (Kant, Appiah, Bhabha, Nwankwo), the black atlantic (Gilroy), hemispheric studies (Bauer), and creolization. Authors may include Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Wells Brown, Martin Delany, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.
A critical history of the most enduring avant-garde tendency of the twentieth century, from Lautréamont to David Lynch.
Rewriting Elaine of Astolat
Study of adaptations of the Arthurian story of Lily Maid. Use of adaptation theory, feminist theory, and theories of medievalism to explore medieval, nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first- century texts and the diverse communities they address.