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Course Offerings for Spring 2020

Undergraduate Courses 

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Here are just a couple of the undergraduate courses available in Spring 2020:

ENGL 210 Section 5: APOCALYPSE NOW>>>& THEN Apocalyptic fiction has long provided a rich medium through which to explore existing inequalities, to envision our deepest anxieties, and to celebrate our most cherished convictions. This course explores the various thematic underpinnings of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic literature. We will trace apocalyptic dread back to real political and cultural contexts. We will look at how contemporary apocalyptic texts depart from and look back to earlier writings by authors such as Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, and Jack London. Finally, we will ask how each work suggests that as a species we must care for and cherish the world we inhabit before our time runs out. Taught by Dr. Jessica Alexander. Click here to learn more about Dr. Alexander.

ENGL 211 Section 2: RACE AND COLOR IN LA FICTION. The unique confluence of race and color in Louisiana and their impact on our state's literature will be plumbed in this course. Literary texts depicting Creoles in New Orleans, Natchitoches, and South Louisiana's plantation country will introduce undergraduates to a number of important Louisiana writers: George Washington Cable, Grace King, Lalita Tademy, and Ernest Gaines.Taught by Jack Ferstel. Click here to learn more about Mr. Ferstel.

Required Courses for Undergraduates in English by Concentration

Graduate Courses 

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Here are just a couple of the graduate courses available in Spring 2020:

ENGL 525 Section 1: EARLY WOMEN WRITERS The late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries saw an unprecedented number of English women writers appearing in print. Women published in every genre, from literary works of fiction, poetry, and drama, to serious works of religious, philosophical, and scientific theory, to practical instructional manuals for medicine and cooking, and everything in between. Many of their concerns seem very modern, and literary works by women writers were deeply interested in the gender, class, race, and social hierarchies that structured their world. They also experimented with new types of print media, such as periodical publication, and new literary forms, like the novel. This course will take a broad look at women writers in the Restoration and eighteenth century (1660-1800), with a focus on the intersections of gender, genre, and print culture. Readings may include drama by Behn and Centlivre; fiction by Haywood, Lennox, and Burney; poetry by Philips, Leapor, Wheatley, and Barbauld; and nonfiction prose by Astell and Wollstonecraft. Taught by Dr. Leah Orr. Click here to learn more about Dr. Orr.

ENGL 551 Section 1: QUEER THEORY, QUEER SELVES IN AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE This seminar traces the evolution of queer sexualities, identities, and relationships in American literature just before, during, and after the heyday of queer theory, starting after WWII and until the present. Together we will follow the impact that academic and other so-called expert discourses have had upon conceptions of queerness, looking for both differences and congruences. How did new ideas about sex, gender roles, and sexualities emerge in literature about non-straight and non-cisgender or gender-nonconforming characters? In what ways do these texts resist or reclaim some of the meanings of queerness? We will read foundational scholarly texts (by Michael Foucault, Judith Butler, Eve Kosofky Sedgwick, David Halperin, Roderick Ferguson, and others) alongside classic novels and short stories (by James Baldwin, Alison Bechdel, Leslie Feinberg, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, and more). Students will also have the opportunity to explore the relationship between formal and informal knowledge about queerness by crafting research projects for both academic and non-academic audiences. The seminar will culminate with a presentation of students' projects open to all. Taught by Dr. Amandine Faucheux. Click here to learn more about Dr. Faucheux.

Required Courses for Graduates in English by Degree and Concentration


Doctoral Programs