Graduate English Association

Promoting a community of academic growth among English graduate students. This group supports individual and group creative and scholarly pursuits, both inside and outside the classroom.

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Graduate School Forms

Forms for international students, certification, registration and requests for travel and other activities.

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Independent study

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Graduation Information for graduate students

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Graduate Course Descriptions

Fall 2014


Introduction Research Methods
Cara Cilano
T 6:30-9:15
MO 102
ENG 501 has been a rite of passage for generations of English graduate students. Yet, theoretical and methodological developments, as well as technological changes, alter significantly what it means to undertake scholarship in the 21stcentury. Further, the multiple uses to which you’ll put your graduate education demand that we re-think what’s gained through the study of literature, rhetoric, composition, and other fields related to English. Mindful of shifting intellectual currents and eager to highlight relevance, this course adopts a ‘learning by doing’ approach that will acquaint you with different methodologies through their practice.

Introduction to Literary Theory
Nicholas Laudadio
W 6:30-9:15
MO 102
In this course, we will begin to explore that weedy land of -isms generally referred to as "Theory." We will consider some of the major intellectual developments of the last 150 years that have played a crucial part in our understanding of, and appreciation for literary and cultural texts. Our readings will come from the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, Second Edition and will include readings on New Criticism, psychoanalysis, (post) structuralism, (post) Marxism, feminism, queer theory, gender studies, sensory/sound studies, and much more.

Studies in Poetry:  Black Mountain College and the New American Poetry
Alex Porco
M 3:30-6:15
MO 102
This course will provide an intense immersion in the poetic theories and practices of those mid-century poets affiliated (to varying degrees) with Black Mountain College, an experimental school located outside Asheville, NC, founded in 1933 by John Andrews Rice. A significant part of the course will be dedicated to reading work by poets traditionally identified as “Black Mountain” poets as a result of Donald Allen’s introduction to The New American Poetry, 1945-1960— these include Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Paul Blackburn, Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov, and Ed Dorn. At the same time, we will interrogate and unsettle commonplace assumptions and definitions of Black Mountain poetry and poetics by reading lesser-known (sometimes altogether forgotten!) poets who taught or studied at the college. For example, there are a number of significant female poets affiliated with Black Mountain: M.C. Richards, Hilda Morley, Martha King, Marie Tavroges Stilkind, and Janet Heling Roberts. Likewise, we will read poets— William Bronk, Charles Greenleaf Bell, Jane Mayhall, Edward Dahlberg, Irving Layton, Galway Kinnell— who actively composed works distinctly out-of-line with the “open form” poetics advocated by Charles Olson, school rector from 1951 till the time of its closing. To put the poetry in context, students will also engage with other artistic practices, including the visual arts (Josef Albers, Robert Rauschenberg), music (John Cage, Lou Harrison), dance (Merce Cunnigham), textiles (Anni Albers), design (Xanti Schawinsky), and ceramics (M.C. Richards)— in fact, Black Mountain College is the site of the first multidisciplinary “happening” in the United States. As a class, we will attempt to perform Cage’s “happening” as well as other dramatic works by Olson, Duncan, and Schawinsky. Finally, for those interested, there may be the opportunity to travel to Asheville to visit the Black Mountain Museum and the college grounds and to participate in a conference dedicated to Black Mountain College Poetry.

Studies in Rhetoric and Literacy: Reclaiming Rhetorica: Women Rhetors for Aspasia to Hillary Clinton
Sarah Hallenbeck
T 6:30-9:15
MO 202
From Aristotle to Abraham Lincoln and beyond, rhetoric’s history has largely been peopled by men. Or has it? In this course we’ll consider recent efforts to recover the rhetorical practice and theory of women from ancient times to the present—an endeavor that has led to a virtual reconsideration of what practices constitute “rhetoric” and “persuasion” in the first place. We’ll ask: what strategies have women historically used to ensure their voices are heard, despite their limited power in the public sphere? What sorts of rhetorical theory have they produced, and what theory can be gleaned from their practices? To what extent—and under what circumstances--does one’s gender matter at all to how one speaks and what one says?

Studies in American Literature: The Cult of Mad Men: Advertising, Anxiety, and the Aesthetics of Nostalgia
Tiffany Gilbert
W 3:30-6:15
MO 102
Characterized as a pointless longing to return to the past, nostalgia, however wistful and distracting, can possess the strength of a steel curtain, one that shrouds the facts of lived experience from the fictions sustained by distance and imperfect memory.  AMC’s acclaimed drama Mad Men, which debuted in 2007, cuts through this curtain with the white hot precision of a laser, offering a caustic, if stylish, alternative to the maudlin television dramas of the past and nostalgic tendencies of the present.  This course focuses on the ways the show complicates our understandings of nostalgia even as it dazzles us with a lushly imagined (re)visions of Madison Avenue, suburbia, and the metropolis.  Reading primary texts featured in the show and criticism about the period, and conducting archival research, we will investigate, among other topics, the necessity of nostalgia and the American Dream as a byproduct of the corporate industrial complex.  Assignments may include several critical essays and a presentation.  

Studies in Literature: Rise of the Gothic
Mark Boren
R 6:30-9:15
MO 102
This course will follow the development of the Gothic in literature from its inception to the present.  The genre characteristically deals with such things as the supernatural, sexual ambiguity, violence, perversions, and myriad marginalized social human practices and beliefs, and the works belonging to this genre follow well-developed and highly complex structures.  Using psychoanalytic and genre theory, we’ll analyze the Gothic as both literary and social phenomenon in order to reveal, among other things, how this genre of deviance, which is more pervasive today than ever, functions to define less “deviant” genres, from children’s tales to romance novels and historical fiction.

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