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  • ENGL 600  Studies in Criticism

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    Study of the nature and function of literature, the terms and methods of analysis and evaluation of literature, and the various approaches possible in the criticism of literature.   More Info

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  • ENGL 601  Studies in Poetry

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    Studies of poetry movements, individual poets, or particular formal or thematic topics in poetry. Topics have included: Contemporary Women Poets,Seamus Heaney, Elizabeth Bishop.   More Info

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  • ENGL 602  Studies in Fiction

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    Studies in the nature of prose fiction and its major kinds; topics in the history and sociology of narrative fiction, such as the working class novel, the short story, the prose romance, the historical novel; and studies of representative British and American types in international contexts.   More Info

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  • ENGL 603  Studies in Drama

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    A course for those who want a broad view of the sweep of Western drama, offering a study of the art of drama as it has evolved from classical Greece. Representative plays are drawn from various periods (medieval, Renaissance, Augustan, romantic, and modern) and from the major modes (tragedy, comedy, farce, realism, expressionism, and the absurdist and social theater). Selected critical works are also considered.   More Info

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  • ENGL 605  Studies in Literature and Film

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    This course examines the relationship between fiction and film, examining issues of representation, adaptation, narrative, composition, and cultural construction. Students will explore how these verbal and visual genres connect by asking questions such as: How does storytelling operate in each genre? How does each genre rely on narrative structures such as causality and chronology? How does film develop and change literary elements such as symbolism? How does literature and film create an audience that knows its conventions? This course addresses topics such as modern life as created by fiction and film, and internationalism in contemporary British fiction and film.   More Info

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  • ENGL 606  Books, Manuscripts, Libraries

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    From theory to hands-on work on : 1) the history of the book as artifact and agent of cultural change, and 2) the scholarly work of preserving, editing, circulating, and exhibiting manuscripts and printed materials. The course will include on site work in the Rare Books Room of the BPL and the Mass State Archives.   More Info

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  • ENGL 607  The History of the Book

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    This course will examine the book as an artifact, exploring its manuscript, print, and digital forms, students will engage with the questions asked by history of the book scholarship by working with rare books at area libraries and archives. By literally getting their hands dirty by working with old, new, hyper, and rare texts, students will ask how historical changes in the books form connect to larger cultural changes. For example, what happened when printing press technology made books inexpensive and readily available to a buying public? The course will also analyze the way history of the book studies are being transformed due to the digital reproduction of archival materials. What does it mean to interact with a rare book online? In addition, as the course examines rare books and manuscripts, students will uncover the role of the literary scholar and his/her ability to shape the form given to the literary work. What happens to a rare book when it is edited for publication?   More Info

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  • ENGL 608  Introduction to Critical and Research Methods

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    This course introduces the beginning graduate student to research strategies, provides an introduction to bibliographic, textual, and a range of critical methods, contrasting, for instance, the historical method with new historicism. The aim is to explore the kinds of interpretations each critical method enables and limits. This course also explores literature, literary scholarship, and teaching as material practices and explores the consequences of different ways of conceiving of those practices. (Course offered in the fall only.)   More Info

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  • ENGL 609  Graduate English Colloquium

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    This course meets once a week, alternating between public colloquia and seminar tutorials, throughout either the spring or fall semester. The public sessions are led by members of the graduate faculty, while the tutorials are conducted by the graduate faculty member in charge of the colloquium seminar that semester. The colloqia concern issues of interest to scholars, teachers, and writers in English, including representative texts, literary genres and practices, literary theory, pedagogy, creative writing, editorial and archival work. The course increases students familiarity with a variety of forms and periods, introduces problems of literary history and cultural context, and demonstrates various approaches to advanced work in literature, composition/rhetoric, and creative writing. It gives students a sense of the range of literary studies and provides active examples of intellectual community. Texts are selected by colloquium faculty and by the faculty supervisor of the colloquium seminar. This is a graded seminar.   More Info

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  • ENGL 610  The Teaching of Composition

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    This course defines the role of composition in the English curriculum in both college and secondary schools; develops a philosophy of language as a foundation for a method of composing; studies psychological and linguistic aspects of the composing process. The course is offered once each year.   More Info

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  • ENGL 611  The Teaching of Literature

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    This course develops a theory and practice for the teaching of literature, applicable to both secondary and post-secondary education. The class reads, discusses, and analyzes sample presentations on literary texts in a variety of genres. The course serves teachers, prospective teachers, and non-teachers who seek an introduction to literature from pedagogical points of view.   More Info

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  • ENGL 613  Teaching English with Technology

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    This course explores the potential uses of technology in the teaching of classes in English Studies. It situates this work within disciplinary pedagogical theory as it relates to the traditional areas of English Studiescomposition, literature, and language.   More Info

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  • ENGL 614  Teaching Lit in Urban Settings

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    This course showcases literary themes that are relevant to urban students lives and to their experiences as students of English language and literature, selecting exciting materials that capture issues of identity, class, language, and culture. Urban classrooms are often enriched by high percentages of learners from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, including many who are multilingual or have special needs. In this course we examine the ways in whi8ch language and literacy are acquired within urban contexts and consider how teachers can use compelling literary texts to promote this process of acquisition. The course readings which include novels, poetry, plays, short stories, autobiographical accounts, graphic novels, film, and theoretical articles enrich and illuminate our understanding of this process. Central to the course is a range of contemporary and classic literary texts that encourage engaged literary inquiry, emphasizing close reading and comprehension, interpretation and analysis, integration of knowledge and ideas, and understand of craft and structure.   More Info

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  • ENGL 615  Teaching Literary History and Culture

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    This course directly confronts a question our students often ask: why study old literature? Starting with this basic question, this seminar encourages its students to think critically about the joys, challenges, and responsibilities of teaching the historical development of literature and the cultural contexts of literature. This class examines the idea of literary history: and the practice of teaching literature by embracing the historical and cultural worlds that create and are created by literature. Emphasizing making literature accessible and exciting to students, the course explores issues such as the literary canon, the periodization of literature, the multiethnic contexts of literature, and the use of primary source databases in literary study.   More Info

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  • ENGL 618  Life Writing

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    This course takes as its province a wide range of biographical forms, ranging from biography, autobiography, and the memoir to personal essay, letters, case studies, and the obituary. Works may range across centuries, languages, and cultures, or be narrowly grouped. Both critical analysis and practical experiments in life writing may be required.   More Info

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  • ENGL 621  Literary Theory Today

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    What is literary theory and why should it matter? Pursuing a rigorous course of readings and writings, this course will seek to answer these related questions by introducing graduate students to several traditions of twentieth and twenty-first century thought that have been of fundamental importance to the study of literature. Literary theory has made possible a much broader and richer encounter with texts of all kinds, from novels, poems, and plays to films, media, and the visual arts; this course seeks to understand how and why literary theory encourages new experiences and understandings of texts.   More Info

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  • ENGL 623  The Nature of Narrative

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    This course explores a variety of ways in which modern and contemporary fiction challenge traditional narrative forms. While comparative study of experimentation is the course's main concern, it also examines theories of narration (narratology) as these illuminate the art, reception, and ideologies of twentieth-century fiction.   More Info

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  • ENGL 624  Language of Film

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    This theory-based study in the languages of film, American and international, concerns the ways films signify. Emphasizing the crafting of films more than any particular thematic content, it explores mise-en-scene, framing, lighting, editing, camera work, sound, editing, genre, and acting as these mediate film narratives an , so, comprise their discourses. The course also explores structures of film narration as they relate to literary narration; it includes contextual consideration of history and ideology as these interact with film production and reception. Primary texts will include readings in literary and film theory, films and film excerpts, and literature.   More Info

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  • ENGL 628  Comparative Studies of Two Writers

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    A comparative study of two major American, British, or postcolonial writers. The pairing of two writers provides a comparison of works that present affinities and oppositions in social context or theme so as to pose theoretically interesting questions for discussion, critical analysis, and further research.   More Info

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  • ENGL 629  The Epic Imagination

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    An inquiry into the nature and resources of the epic ambition and the epic imagination across historical periods, artistic forms, and cultures. The core examples of epic at the center of this course will be literary texts such as THE ILIAD or THE AENEID, THE FAERIE QUEENE, PARADISE LOST, THE SAGA OF THE VOLSUNGS, and THE LORD OF THE RINGS, but the seminar may also examine the epic impulse in opera, symphonic music, theater, and film.   More Info

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  • ENGL 630  Chaucer

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    A study of Chaucer's major works in Middle English. Special attention will be given to such considerations as Chaucer's poetic development, his relations to his sources, medieval literary theory, and the social, political, and religious backgrounds.   More Info

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  • ENGL 631  Medieval to Renaissance Literature

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    A course in the transition from medieval to Renaissance literature. A study of the transition in prose from homiletic writings and the romances through Elyot, Ascham, and Lyly; in lyric and narrative verse from Chaucer and the Scottish Chaucerians through Sidney; and in drama from the morality and mystery plays through Hamlet.   More Info

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  • ENGL 633  Shakespeare

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    This course considers Shakespeares dramatic art as an art of coaching an audience (and readers) in how to respond to and understand his make-believes. Multiple plotting, recurring situation, contrasts and parallels in character and character relations (especially the use of theatricalizing characters who stage plays within the play), patterns of figurative language, repetition of visual effects these and other such structures will be considered as means whereby Shakespeare coaxes and coaches the perception of his audience, shapes the participation of mind and feeling, and especially, prepares audiences for comic or tragic outcomes. The plays are studied in the light of ongoing critical and/or theoretical debates.   More Info

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  • ENGL 634  Elizabethan and Jacobean Literature

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    The seminar focuses attention on a select number of English Renaissance works, representing various literary genres, ranging from the age of Elizabeth through the Jacobean era into the Caroline period. Writers such as Shakespeare, Spenser, Sidney, Elizabeth I (and other woman writers), Marlowe, Jonson, Drayton, Daniel, Donne, Marvell, Webster, Marston, Middleton, Ford, Chapman, and Milton are studied in the light of 1) modern critical and scholarly approaches to Renaissance themes and styles, 2) literary manifestations of Neoplatonism, Neostoicism, and political theory, and 3) parallels with developments in the graphic arts (emblem literature, visualized mythology, and the movement toward mannerist and baroque forms). Although the seminar concentrates on a select number of texts, it also provides an overview of the English literary Renaissance and its connections with the continental Renaissance. In short, the seminar serves as both a general grounding in and a specialized study of a major literary period.   More Info

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  • ENGL 635  Metaphysical Poetry

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    A survey of the major English poets called "metaphysical" in their historical context: Donne, Herbert, Vaughan, Crashaw, Marvell.   More Info

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  • ENGL 637  Milton

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    A study of the poetry and major prose, with particular attention to Paradise Lost; Milton's style, his relations to traditional literary forms, his thematic concerns; an examination of Milton criticism.   More Info

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  • ENGL 638L  Politics, Literary Culture and Theatrical Media in London, 1658-1725

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    This course examines the interaction of politics, literary culture and various theatrical media ranging from plays to street protests in London between the Restoration and the monarchy in 1660 and the South Sea Bubble scandal and its aftermath, around 1725. The obsessions of this highly visual and verbal culture will be emphasized, including criminal confessions and hangings, royal mistresses and illicit sexuality, and religious intolerance and mob violence. A website with material on the topography and political culture of London will be an integral part of the course and students will have the option of doing a web project, instead of a conventional term paper. ENGL 638L and HIST 638L are the same course.   More Info

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  • ENGL 640  The Rise of the Novel

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    This course investigates the invention of a new literary form: the novel. Readings will range from the late seventeenth century to early nineteenth century, including authors such as Behn, Defoe, Fielding, Richardson, Sterne, Inchbald, and Austen and sub-genres such as the sentimental novel and gothic tale. The course will trace developments in the novel's formal structure (such as the narrator), question the goals of the novel (such as "realism"), and connect the novel to cultural practices (such as crime and courtship).   More Info

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  • ENGL 641  Studies in Romanticism

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    This course examines the different literary movements that make up the Romantic Period (generally 1780-1832). It offers a comparative study of canonical Romantic Period writers and those writers who raised other kinds of questions. In so doing, it explores what it was like to live and write in the culture of this period and asks: What are the stresses on literary production, and what are the terms of aesthetic, subjective, and imagistic difference between male and female writers?   More Info

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  • ENGL 642  Victorian Literature

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    Studies in the careers and works of major authors such as Carlyle, Tennyson, Dickens, George Eliot, Ruskin, and Wilde, with brief excursions into the works of others. Major themes include the relations of art and society and the problems of faith and doubt, science, and imagination.   More Info

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  • ENGL 644  Studies in the Modern British Novel

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    This course concerns the development of modern fiction in the first half of the twentieth century. It focuses on literary developments that shaped the novels of the period in relation to their social, political, cultural, and intellectual contexts, both in Britain and abroad. Among the influences affecting this body of fiction are the two World Wars, social changes consequent to industrialization, Britain's weakening hold over its empire, and the emergence of international modernisms as new modes of expression and inquiry for literature and other arts.   More Info

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  • ENGL 645  Modern Poetry

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    A study of major figures such as Yeats, Eliot, Pound, Williams, Stevens, H.D., Frost, Brooks, Plath, Bishop, Langston Hughes, Ted Hughes, Ginsberg, and currents such as Imagism, surrealism, projectivism, confessionalism, and Beat in modern British and American poetry.   More Info

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  • ENGL 646  Literature and Society

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    A study of literature with special reference to its social and historical circumstances and of the theoretical questions raised by such a perspective.   More Info

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  • ENGL 648  Modernism in Literature

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    "On or about December 1910," Virginia Woolf wrote, "human nature changed." This course examines the trans-Atlantic modernism(s) that arose in the early twentieth century in response to the epochal shifts that Woolf described. We will read poetry, prose, and theory by American and British modernists such as Woolf, Stein, Joyce, Eliot, Faulkner, Toomer, Lawrence, Williams, H.D., and Hurston in the context of historical, political, social, and scientific changes as well as in the context of the cultural changes-in art, music, film, architecture-that surrounded and influenced their aesthetic projects.   More Info

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  • ENGL 649  Modern Irish Novel

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    "What the symbols of the new Irish writers are we cannot tell," Sean O'Faolain observed in 1936: "Perhaps they are not so much symbols as typical characters, significant situations." Using as an essential point of departure (and an occasional point of return) James Joyce's image of the sensitive individual in conflict with the values of repressive Irish society, this course will trace the thematic and the technical developments of the Irish novel during the twentieth century. Focusing on a variety of representative authors and texts, the course will consider the novels with reference to their political, social, cultural, and literary contexts.   More Info

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  • ENGL 650  Colonial American Literature

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    This seminar closely examines texts composed by colonial American women and men who - through their writings - tried to understand their contemporaries and themselves during two periods of cultural change: the Puritan 17th century and the revolutionary 18th century. Included are works by such authors as Anne Bradstreet, Mary Rowlandson, Sarah Kemble Knight, Phillis Wheatley, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Hector St. John de Crevecoeur.   More Info

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  • ENGL 651  Nineteenth Century American Literature

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    The nineteenth century brought unprecedented growth and change to the United States. Industry, immigration, urbanization, the Civil War, social justice movement, the end of slavery, and reconstruction marked the country's move from nascent republic to international power. American writers grappled with these changes as they contributed to the development of a national literature: a literature that would, in Walt Whitman's words, be both transcendent and new. This course will consider both canonized and less familiar texts of the period through a variety of approaches, topics, and themes.   More Info

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  • ENGL 652  American Romanticism

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    Primary focus on the major authors of the "American Renaissance" (roughly 1840-1860), with some attention to their antecedents (earlier writers such as Irving and Cooper). Familiarity with famous works such as The Scarlet Letter and Walden will be assumed at the outset, and such texts will be considered from the perspectives provided by other, less-well-known works by the same authors. An attempt will be made to examine the interconnections between these writers, many of whom knew each other personally, and all of them publishing within a very brief period.   More Info

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  • ENGL 653  Major American Novelists

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    An in-depth study of two or three American novelists, considered comparatively. Possible authors to be studied include Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, James, Wharton, Chopin, Cather, Dreiser, Faulkner, Hemingway, Ellison, Morrison.   More Info

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  • ENGL 654  Modern American Fiction

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    This is a course in the study of significant works of American fiction written in the last century, mostly before WW II. The course discusses major American modernists, such as James, Wharton, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Toomer, Faulkner, Hurston, as well as the critical and cultural contexts in which these works appeared. The focus is on the establishment of American fiction as a major literary form during an era of social flux, economic dislocation, and foreign wars.   More Info

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  • ENGL 655  The Harlem Renaissance

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    This seminar will examine some of the major literary works of the Harlem Renaissance (also known as the New Negro movement), which flourished between the end of the World War I and the 1929 stock market crash. We will consider how the texts interact with one another thematically, politically, and aesthetically; how architects of the movement defined the New Negro and her/his are; and how contemporary critics have reconstructed the Harlem Renaissance as a major American literary period. Through the study of African-American modernism, this seminar will explore its larger implications for literary studies: the role of literature and other cultural expressions in realizing and representing imagined communities, in resisting and reinforcing political and social discourses, and in reflecting its own potentials and limitations in defining a social self. Authors will include W.E.B Du Bois, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, and Claude Mckay.   More Info

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  • ENGL 656  Contemporary American Fiction

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    A study of the scope (times and types) and strains (types and tensions) in the post-World War II, postmodern American novel, with special attention to the persistence of realism, the insistent presence of surrealism, and the occasional combination of the two.   More Info

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  • ENGL 657  The Black Presence

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    Study of selected literary texts of the last two hundred years by major and minor authors who wrote with a special consciousness of the significance of black people in American society.   More Info

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  • ENGL 658  Regional Literature

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    This course focuses on regional consciousness in representative works of modern American writers of the South, New England, the West, urban hubs such as New York City, or such cultural hubs as Harlem. Special attention is given to the roles that the sense of history and the sense of place play in the work of writers for whom such settings have proven a source of imaginative creation.   More Info

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  • ENGL 659  Women in Literature

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    A lecture course on the principles of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Topics include: fundamentals of thermodynamics, first and second laws, thermodynamic potentials, phase transitions, classic kinetic theory, classical statistical mechanics, and quantum statistical mechanics. Applications of the principles will be made to physical, chemical, and biological systems of special or current interest. Through reading fiction by American authors from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, we will attempt to identify the characteristics of female characters and to understand the historical, ideological and aesthetic reasons for both the persistence and modification of the underlying images. The influence of gender, ethnicity, geographical setting, and major literary movements such as romanticism and realism will be examined. Short stories by such authors as Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry James, Sarah Orne Jewett, Alice Cary, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Alice Walker will be studied first to establish the range and variety of images. Following these, we study novels by such authors as Rowson, Hawthorne, Stowe, James, Wharton, Cather, Roth, Hurston, and Morrison. Some basic acquaintance with American literature is assumed.   More Info

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  • ENGL 660  Multi-Ethnic Literature in the United States: Text and Context

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    This course explores a variety of ethnic literatures written by US writers in the 20th century, within their sociocultural contexts. Students study texts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: historical, literary, sociological, and cultural. Some of the writers likely to be included are Abraham Cahan and Anzia Yezierska, Richard Wright and Zora Neale Hurston, M Scott Momaday and Leslie Marmon Silko, Maxine Hong Kingston and Frank Chin, Richard Rodriguez and Sandra Cisneros.   More Info

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  • ENGL 662  Modern Black Writers

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    The history of black (North) American literature has sometimes converged with mainstream American literature but more often it has been a separate and distinct tradition. This course considers the origins of this tradition in the slave narratives; its development in the early 20th century; its growth through the Harlem Renaissance; and its flowering in major contemporary writers. The course is also directed towards an understanding of the historical "problems" of Afro-American writers, including the black writer's relation to white audiences; the aesthetic versus the protest tradition; and the sense of "double consciousness" in black writers.   More Info

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  • ENGL 663  The End of the World

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    This course provides a study of "terminal visions" in myth, fiction, and poetry, with ancillary readings in historical, scientific, and cultural perspectives on end-times. The main focus is literary, but the seminar may also engage apocalyptic themes in visual arts, religious thought, political history, and popular culture. Writers to be discussed include Mary Shelley, HG Wells, Olaf Stapledon, Mordecai Roshwald, Hilda Schiff, Russell Hoban, Tom Robbins, George Stewart, and Otto Friedrich. In addition to some shorter pieces of fiction, some poems from the English Renaissance and essays on apocalyptic issues will also be discussed, as well as representative films and operas.   More Info

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  • ENGL 664  Transatlantic Approaches to Literature

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    This course studies the ways in which a transatlantic approach to Anglophone writing can reshape our picture of literary history and generate new theoretical models for the study of print culture. Participants will be invited to test influential accounts of the Atlantic world by reading classic British and American texts as well as lesser-known works. The course attends to transnational concerns such as labor, commerce, epidemiology, and the environment, and to the related phenomena of colonialism, slavery, economic expansion, and missionary activity, as well as the resistance to them.   More Info

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  • ENGL 665  Literature of the Americas

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    This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the relationship between twentieth-century U.S. and Latin American literature. The course focuses on U.S. literary modernism between the two world wars and the Latin American boom literatures of the 1950s and the 1960s. Students will not simply compare and contrast each of these literatures in order to mark the similarities between them, but rather to determine why these literary traditions should be examined together in the first place. By examining authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and William Faulkner, students will explore how neither U.S. modernism nor the Latin American boom novel can be understood on its own, and that the full significance of each emerges only in relation to the other.   More Info

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  • ENGL 667  Seminar for Tutors

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    This course teaches graduate students to tutor undergraduate students who are taking Freshman English 101 and 102 at UMass Boston. It features readings, writing, and discussion on the theoretical and practical issues one encounters in working as a composition tutor. Tutors learn to apply research about tutoring to the specific context of the undergraduate classroom, learning not only about tutoring goals and practices, but also about the UMass Boston Freshman English programs philosophy and the UMass Boston undergraduate experience. This knowledge provides a foundation for further teaching at UMass Boston. All elements of the course combine to provide an intellectual framework for articulation and synthesis of, as well as reflection on, what is learned in the work experience of the tutor.   More Info

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  • ENGL 668  Perspectives on Composition: History, Theory, Pedagogy

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    This course is designed as an introduction to the field of composition studies for students in the composition and literature concentrations alike. We will investigate the rise of English as a discipline in the nineteenth century with a focus on why writing instruction became concentrated in the freshman year. Understanding this history and politics will put us in the position of developing an informed critique of freshman question: what are the alternatives?   More Info

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  • ENGL 669  Writing Theories in Second Language Instruction

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    This course will consider the key issues in writing theory, research, and pedagogy as they are specifically related to writing in a second language. It will introduce students to the existing research and developing theories on the composing process and examine, critique, and evaluate current and traditional theories and practices by exploring the ways in which theory and research can be translated into instruction.   More Info

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  • ENGL 670  Philosophy and the Composing Process

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    Current rhetorical theory emphasizing the process of composing has developed several models (e.g., pre-writing, writing, re-writing) which are nevertheless linear. But writers and teachers of writing need ways of apprehending the all-at-onceness of composition. This seminar offers opportunities to develop philosophical perspectives on perception and forming; language and the making of meaning; interpretation in reading and teaching. The course explores the pedagogical and practical implications of a broad range of theories of language and knowing by means of experimental writing and by the study of essays, letters, talks, and other materials by scientists, artists, and philosophers. This course is recommended for students choosing to concentrate in composition for the English MA, at or near the start of their programs.   More Info

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  • ENGL 671  The History of Children's Literature

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    This course provides an overview of the field of children's literature and its development. The subject matter is approached with both critical and scholarly attitudes, and works are examined in historical and cultural contexts. Topics and texts include myth, folk, and fairy tale; range includes children's books from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, through materials of colonial America, the nineteenth-century moralists and fantasists, to modern classics; consideration of critical theories and questions of pedagogy is included.   More Info

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  • ENGL 672  Theory and Practice in Adult ESL

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    This course is designed for those currently teaching or planning to teach in adult ESL programs. Participants will begin by examining adult learning theory and second language acquisition, then contrast several approaches to curriculum development, including survival, competency-based and participatory models. Implications for practice in adult literacy, vocational and workplace literacy, and family literacy will be examined in light of these models. Issues arising from participants' classroom practice will be incorporated throughout, and projects may involve classroom-based curriculum development, materials design, and research.   More Info

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  • ENGL 675  Reading and Writing Poetry

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    This is a graduate poetry workshop for both experienced writers and students with little poetry-writing experience. For more experienced writers, the concentration is on developing skills, with a chance to extend range by studying great poems in form and in free verse. For students newer to writing poetry, or students who simply wish to learn more about poetry, this is a chance to develop your skills from the inside, through studying poems by accomplished poets in various forms, including free verse, and through the actual practice of writing in these forms. The main work of the semester is writing poems, but there are assignments requiring a critical response to other poets.   More Info

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  • ENGL 676  Reading and Writing Fiction

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    This is a graduate fiction workshop for both experienced writers and students with little fiction-writing experience. For more experienced writers, the concentration is on developing skills, with a chance to extend range by studying writers like Mary Gaitskill, Denis Johnson, Geoff Dyer, Lorrie Moore, Steven Millhauser, and Chuck Palahniuk. Fiction-writing assignments are connected to reading assignments.   More Info

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  • ENGL 681  Advanced Workshop in Poetry

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    An advanced poetry workshop in which students practice and improve the poetic skills they have already begun to develop by focusing on a pre-approved project for the semester. Class discussion focuses on student work, and individual conferences with the instructor are required. This course may be repeated twice for credit.   More Info

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  • ENGL 682  Advanced Workshop in Fiction

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    An advanced fiction workshop in which students improve the writing skills they have already begun to develop by focusing on a pre-approved project for the semester. All students read contemporary fiction throughout the semester. Class discussion focuses on student work, and individual conferences with the instructor are required. This course may be repeated twice for credit.   More Info

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  • ENGL 683  Literary Sites and Spaces

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    This course will engage students in literary field work, encouraging experiential learning at libraries, museums, archives, and writers homes and communities. The course creates opportunities for students to explore what happens when a literary text is connected to a literary site, including spaces of literary inspiration, production, reading, and preservation. Each course meeting will feature on-site learned in a literary space, with field trips, workshops, and assignments designed to give the group unique insights into the interpretive possibilities created by field-based research. By working outside of the classroom, students will place literature in new social and historical contexts, while also testing the latest theoretical understandings of literary history, literary and cultural geography, cultures of the book, and the history of the book.   More Info

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  • ENGL 689  English Studies Workshop

    Description:
    This one credit course meets in evening workshops held at regular intervals (every two weeks). The central goal of the English Studies Workshop is to engage MA students in an understanding of the latest developments in the field of English. The workshop sessions take a variety of forms, typically featuring a presentation led by a faculty member; they also include less traditional experiences, such as visits to area research libraries. The workshops encourage students to have an experiential engagement with Englishs latest research, theoretical, pedagogical, creative, professional, and career trends, while also showing student show those trends inform the MA program.   More Info

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  • ENGL 690  English Research Workshop

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    This one credit course meets in evening workshops held at regular intervals (every two weeks). The central goal of the English Research Workshop is to prepare MA students for the final project. Research exercises will move student through the steps needed to create a successful final project, such as :formulating a viable research topic, locating an advisor, understanding research methodology, selecting models of research and writing in professional journals, compiling an annotated bibliography, and creating a research calendar. Students are strongly encouraged to take the English Research workshop in the year or semester before their final project work commences.   More Info

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  • ENGL 691  Final Project in Composition

    Description:
    This course provides a structure for students working toward completion of the final exercise (capstone) requirement in composition. A project proposal is required and must be approved by the faculty supervisor of the project and by the Graduate Program Director. Paper plans and drafts are studied and critiqued in regular tutorial conferences with individual faculty supervisors, or examination materials and sample questions are analyzed. The final paper or examination is assessed by graduate faculty readers. Students must successfully complete the capstone essay or examination in order to receive the MA.   More Info

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  • ENGL 692  Final Project in Creative Writing

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    This course provides a structure for students working toward completion of the final exercise (capstone) requirement in creative writing and supplements work done in creative writing workshops. A project proposal is required and must be approved by the faculty supervisor of the project, by the Director of Creative Writing, and by the Graduate Program Director. Drafts are studied and critiqued in regular tutorial conferences with individual faculty supervisors. The final manuscript is assessed by graduation faculty readers. Students must successfully complete the capstone project in order to receive the MA.   More Info

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  • ENGL 693  Final Project in Literature

    Description:
    Provides a structure for students working toward completion of the final exercise (capstone) requirement in literature. A project proposal is required and must be approved by the faculty supervisor of the project and by the Graduate Program Director. Paper plans and drafts are studied and critiqued in regular tutorial conferences with individual faculty supervisors, or examination materials and sample questions are analyzed. The final paper or examination is assessed by graduate faculty readers. Students must successfully complete the capstone project in order to receive the MA.   More Info

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  • ENGL 694  Graduate Internship in English

    Description:
    The Graduate Internship in English allows students to explore possible careers connected to and furthered by the postgraduate study of English. Internships take place within a wide variety of fields that feature an applied use of English, including publishing, marketing, publicity, professional writing, creative writing, library work, and non-profit administration. Internships can include experiences such as organizing rare books materials for a Boston area library, leading literacy workshops for a non-profit organization, or composing publicity materials in a corporate setting. The Graduate Internship affords students the opportunity to bring the ideas and skills learned in English MA courses to the workplace.   More Info

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  • ENGL 696  Independent Study

    Description:
    A comprehensive study of a particular area of literature, particular author, or specialized topic not offered in regular seminars. Consultation with the director of graduate studies is mandatory. Students arrange a project with a faculty member who approves a project proposal, providing a description or outline of the research and writing work to be undertaken and a bibliography of reading. The project must be approved by the Graduate Program Director. Project proposals must be submitted by the end of the semester previous to the one in which the study is to take place.   More Info

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  • ENGL 697  Special Topics in Literature and Composition

    Description:
    Experimental new graduate seminars on special subjects are frequently offered under this heading and are announced each semester prior to the advance pre-registration period.   More Info

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  • ENGL 698  Intern Seminar

    Description:
    This seminar is for both composition and literature interns during their intern semester. It involves a preliminary summer workshop and weekly meetings and classroom visits during the semester. The course is team-taught by the two internship supervisors, with students divided into a composition and a literature section according to their intern appointment. The seminar develops more fully the pedagogical and content material covered in ENGL 610 and 611. It involves collaborative work (particularly in designing a joint syllabus, reading list, and assignments for the undergraduate composition and literature sections to be taught by interns), classroom research, and reflective reports.   More Info

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  • ENGL 699  Master of Art Thesis

    Description:
    A substantial project of approximately 60 pages in literature, composition, or creative writing. Creative writing students will include a related analytical paper with their manuscript. A thesis proposal is required and must be approved by the student's faculty supervisor of the thesis and by the Graduate Program Director. In the case of creative writing theses, approval by the Director of Creative Writing is also required. The student works under the supervision of a faculty thesis director in regular tutorial conferences. Students should begin working on their project a full semester before the semester in which the project is due. The thesis will be read by a committee of three graduate faculty members who will judge its suitability as partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts degree. Finally, a thesis defense before the student's committee and open to all members of the English Department will take place.   More Info

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