Graduate Courses

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."

- Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (1817)


Fall 2018 Graduate Course Offerings

Graduate Writing for English - EH 502 | Cris Hollingsworth
R, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The subject of this introduction to graduate research and academic writing is satire, a tradition of lampoon and ridicule that includes Lucian's A True Story, Cervantes's Don Quixote, Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, short stories by Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker, and science fiction by writers like H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and Philip K. Dick. Evaluated assignments will include a research essay, a library exercise and report, participation in workshop activities, and a presentation. This course is required of all MA students in their first year of work; its prerequisite is admission to the English Graduate Program.

Teaching College Writing - EH 505 | Patrick Shaw
MW, 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm

This course examines issues in composition history, theory, and pedagogy in the context of teaching first-year composition. Students will use this knowledge to develop course material appropriate to teaching first-year composition. Topics include syllabus and assignment design, lesson planning, course management, teaching in the linguistically and culturally diverse classroom, and assessment. Pre-requisite/Co-requisite: EH 502.

Studies in Chaucer - EH 513 | John Halbrooks
W, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

This course will survey Chaucer's poetry and will introduce students to recent developments in Chaucerian scholarship. Students will also gain valuable experience through involvement with the "Chaucer: Sound and Vision" conference, to be held on our campus in October.

Genre: African American Poetry - EH 577 | Laura Vrana
M, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

This course explores what Countee Cullen framed as "this curious thing: / To make a poet black, and bid him sing!" in America. Surveying poetry by African American writers from seventeenth-century origins among enslaved poets to twenty-first century texts, we will study the history of black poetry through its major periods, examining such questions as: What role does black poetry play in social and historical movements, from abolition to the Civil Rights Movement and #BlackLivesMatter? What does the contrast between "formal" and "experimental" works do to our views on black poetry? How has the trajectory of African American poetry over 300 years paralleled, differed from, and interacted with other developments in American literature and society?

Graduate Fiction Writing I/II - EH 583/584 | Nathan Poole
M, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Advanced Fiction Writing is a seminar, writing workshop, and directed-study for intermediate and experienced writers of fiction. Through tailored writing projects students will work toward developing a greater understanding of the means and manners of fiction. Discussions and assignments will also involve literary journals and the submission process. Much of class time will be spent discussing peer work and literary models.

Special Topics: Milton - EH 590 | Richard Hillyer
TR, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

We will be studying John Milton's greatest poems and selections of his prose focusing on two topics: divorce and freedom of the press.

Special Topics in Creative Writing:
Crafting Your Eco-System - EH 591
| Charlotte Pence
T, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

What happens when the environment is more than a setting but a subject of one's work--be it in a sci-fi story or ruminative personal essay? In this special-topics, creative writing graduate class, we will explore how to create a nuanced environment in one's poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. Some questions we will address include what tools can writers use to convey the history of the land? How can writers communicate natural or man-made disasters to a variety of readers? And how have we invented nature, both in our lives and in our creative work? One bonus of this class is that students will have the opportunity to hear Andrea Wulf, author of The Invention of Nature, speak in Mobile. A final portfolio of original fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with a critical introduction, a book review ready for submission, and attendance at three readings will constitute the course's major requirements.

Thesis Hours - EH 599

Please see Dr. Harrington if you would like to register for thesis hours and have not already discussed your committee, graduation requirements, etc.