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
Introduction to Research Methods in English
You’ve arrived. In grad school, that is, and ENG 501 is your initiation into what it means to be a scholar. As a research methods course, ENG 501 ups the information literacy ante, priming your skills to locate, evaluate, and utilize the scholarly resources necessary to undertake your graduate coursework and to develop your individual interests in the varied fields associated with English studies. Most assignments will be skills-oriented, leaving open to you the opportunity to tailor them to your specific content interests. You’ll also develop (and share with the class) a basic grounding in the key questions/issues/themes associated the particular field that piques your intellectual curiosity.
Theory and Practice of Teaching Composition
This course helps prepare students for teaching composition in university and community college environments. Students in the course will review the historical and thematic development of composition theory to cultivate appropriate pedagogical strategies. Students will gain practical experience with educational technologies and exit the course with a complete syllabus, schedule, and online complement for UNCW’s ENG 101 course. Text: Villanueva and Arola, Cross-Talk in Comp Theory: A Reader, 3rd ed.
The Age of Elizabeth
This course focuses on English literature of the 16th century, exploring a variety of genres, topics, and authors. We will read lyric poetry by John Skelton, Sir Thomas Wyatt, the Earl of Surrey, Sir Philip Sidney, Sir Walter Raleigh, and William Shakespeare; at least one example of prose fiction (ancestor of the modern novel); selections by women in power, including Queen Elizabeth; selections relating to the intense religious controversies of the time; part of Edmund Spenser’s epic The Fairie Queene; and plays by Christopher Marlowe and Shakespeare. For graduate students: oral presentation; annotated bibliography of eight items; four informal responses; critical/research paper of 4500-5000 words. For undergraduates: oral presentation; four informal responses; midterm and final exams; critical paper of 2000-2500 words. Texts: Greenblatt, gen. ed., The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 9th ed. vol. B.Salzman, ed., Elizabethan Prose Fiction.
Rhetoric and Culture
As the famous twentieth-century rhetorician Kenneth Burke once observed, humans strive constantly to find words that reflect reality. What they cannot avoid doing in the process, however, is selecting bits of reality and deflecting other bits—making for a world that is always necessarily mediated through language and that seems to emerge differently depending on the words we choose to describe it. In this course we’ll take a closer look at this complex and often unstable relationship between rhetoric and culture, considering how beliefs about the means and ends of rhetorical activity reflect, confirm and even transform the cultural moments in which they emerge. Our survey will take us from antiquity to the present day and will include both canonical texts, such as Plato’s Gorgias, and texts far afield from the traditional Western canon, from the visual rhetorics of nineteenth-century Ecuadorians to the American and Canadian radical feminist grrrl zines of the 1990s. In addition to gaining a general sense of the landscape of rhetoric’s history, we’ll spend time considering the politics of canon formation, asking how even our own accounts of rhetorical history are subject to culturally-contingent preferences and assumptions. Assignments will include several short response papers and a major, multi-draft research paper. Texts: Bizzell and Herzberg, The Rhetorical Tradition, 2nd ed.; Jarratt, Rereading the Sophists; and a selection of journal articles and archival materials.
Literary Transgressions: The Shelley Circle
The original outliers, the Shelley circle is also England's most famous dysfunctional literary family. Considered dangerous, transgressive, romantic, and unseemly in their day, they individually crafted some of the most important works of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century that forever changed the landscape of British letters. From The Vindication of the Rights of Woman to Frankenstein, from Enquiry Concerning Political Justice to A Defense of Poetry, from Caleb Williams (the first detective novel) to Don Juan, they created political manifestos, visionary (and dystopic) poetry, powerful myths, and complex novels that continue to haunt the modern imagination. Within this course we'll read the work of Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, and a few others as we explore the lives and times of these radical writers and their enduring legacy.
Studies in Children's and Young Adult Literature: Young Adult Literature
Love it or hate it: YA literature is hard to ignore. Twenty years ago, who would have guessed that there would be a "Teen Paranormal Romance" section in mainstream bookstores? Today, discussions of YA literature pop up everywhere: in The Wall Street Journal, on NPR, in casual conversation. It’s not just for teenagers anymore, if it ever was. In this class, we’ll think about why and how YA literature has become so popular. We’ll read a variety of graphic novels and memoirs, dystopias, teen noir, crossover texts, and "classic" YA, as well as criticism and theory. We’ll grapple with issues of adaptation, marketing, publication, and censorship, paying particular attention to the ways that popular culture informs and is informed by the current crop of literature. We’ll ask: Why would anyone over the age of eighteen read this stuff? Should we? Should you?
Were this class to have a subtitle, it would probably be something like “A Critical Introduction to the Genre in the 20th Century.” Throughout the semester we will be reading through culturally, thematically, stylistically, and chronologically distinct branches of SF’s megatext in an effort to consider the genre (in all its various media incarnations) as a means of accessing a broader history of the 20th century in the west. Authors will include Philip K. Dick, Octavia Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin, Samuel R. Delaney, Alfred Bester, and Maureen McCormack (among many others), along with a wide range of secondary essays and critical/theoretical works.