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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Graduation Information for graduate students
Find out details of applying to graduate, along with a checklist and dates and deadlines.
The following are the two forms graduate students should look over if they are looking to be reimbursed for travel.
Graduate Course Descriptions
Theory and Practice Teaching Composition
The renowned writing teacher and columnist Donald Murray once lamented that he was apprenticed to two crafts he could never master: writing and teaching. In this class we’ll consider Murray’s words both as they relate to each of his crafts separately and as they ring true in combination, when one takes on the challenge of teaching writing. In addition to mapping out the history of composition studies and identifying its primary thematic approaches, we will grapple with what happens at the intersection of theory and practice, familiarize ourselves with resources available for writing teachers, and develop course materials useful for teaching composition at the university or community college level. Possible texts: Tate, Rupiper, and Schick, A Guide to Composition Pedagogies; Wysocki, Selfe, Sirc, and Johnson-Eilola, Writing New Media: Theory and Applications for Expanding the Teaching of Composition; bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress; plus TBA articles available online.
Studies in the Novel: James Joyce’s Ulysses
Our course will focus on the pleasure of reading Joyce: the radiant clarity of his representations or world and mind and his immense verbal inventiveness. We will explore the political dimensions of Joyce’s fiction—his socialism, his attitude toward Irish nationalism, his prescient treatment of racism and anti-Semitism, and the relation of these issues to Ulysses, a comedy that Joyce saw as an ethical and political force against fanaticism. We will address Joyce’s radical experimentation with form and language and his challenges to notions of individual subjectivity and to stereotypes of sexual identify. Ulysses stands alone; however, like any individual work, it can be seen more clearly in conjunction with its author’s other works. We will begin by reading some Joyce poetry, then Dubliners to extend our understanding of Joyce’s portrayal of Ireland and Catholicism, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, in which the character of Stephen Dedalus first emerges, and Joyce’s only play, Exiles. (Finnegan’s Wake is at least one more semester’s worth of study but we will look at a few passages). We will also read Richard Ellmann’s edifying biography of Joyce so that we might better understand the ideological “nets” Joyce had to “fly by” and the life of exile he lead thereafter. Texts include: Ellmann, James Joyce; Joyce, Ulysses (Gabler edition), Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Exiles, Collected Poems; Blamires, The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide Through Ulysses. Work to include: 2 seminar papers; 2 oral presentations.
Rhetoric and Culture
This course offers a guided overview of Western rhetoric from antiquity to modernity, with particular emphasis on the ways rhetoric and culture interact. The course's basic premise is that language underpins all human interaction, making it the fundamental means of social production, and thus the principle subject of cultural examination. This course will provide opportunities for independent and collaborative study. Much course interaction will take place through a companion website. Text: Bizzell and Herzberg, The Rhetorical Tradition, 2nd ed.
U.S. Latino Literature: Idealists, Villains and Rebels
They either were born in the U.S. or have made the U.S. their home. They write in English, flavored with Spanish. Their stories are those of New Yorkers, Californians, and Chicagoans, but their novels, memoirs, poetry, and plays also reflect the Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Peruvian, and Puerto Rican cultures in which they (or their parents) were raised. These authors have changed the face of American literature. Together we read works by such writers as Sandra Cisneros, Jose’ Rivera, Virgil Suarez, Junot Diaz, Cristina Garcia, Carlos Eire, Gloria Anzaldua, and Marie Arana . La comida Latina [Latin food] and Latin music spice up our discussions. We explore how the Latino experience is depicted in American literature and what Latino and Latina writers have contributed to American literary history. Students write responses to the texts, one literary analysis, and one research essay. Texts will probably include: My Wicked Wicked Ways, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The King of Cuba (or The Lady Matador’s Hotel), Marisol, 90 Miles, Borderlands/La Frontera, Learning to Die in Miami, and American Chica.
Studies in Literature: Queer Narrative
In this course we will look at literary representations of queer desire and identity, including same-sex desire and non-normative gender identities. We will consider how cultural understanding shapes literary production, evident, for example, in the relationship between the work of the nineteenth-century sexologists and Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness, as well as how texts provoke social debate. Our focus will be on the narrative production of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities and communities, the application of queer theory, and the production of queer narrative. While we will begin with a brief historical survey, most of our readings will be contemporary, and we will spend time on the explosion of queer literature in the young adult literary genre.
Studies in Literature: Aesthetics of Insanity
This course explores the notions of and defines an aesthetics of “insanity” evidenced in literary works from the late eighteenth century to the present. The selections describe a trajectory of cultural fascination with mental and behavioral aberration, documenting the “dark side” of the evolution of the Romantic “ego” and the maturation and commercialization of deviancy as it appears in myriad “disturbed” characters, written by authors often popularly believed to be themselves at some point “insane,” if not pathologically perverse. In addition to discovering the nature of the “insanity” at work in each of these texts, we’ll seek insight into the secrets of how these works define what is to be normal.