Graduate Courses


Spring 2023


EH 501 - Introduction to Critical Theory | McLaughlin
M 6:00-8:30

Because EH 501 will be part of a cluster of courses that takes experimentation as its focus, this course will not only provide an introduction to some of the most essential approaches to critical theory and literary criticism, but also it will give you an opportunity to stitch "life" and "theory" together into new (experimental) forms under the rubric of "autotheory." In this course, "Live theory!" will become your motto.


EH 507 - Topics in Rhetoric/Composition | Shaw
TR 3:30-4:45

This course inquires into rhetorical constructions of identity of race and sex.  Through reading, writing, and discussion, we will study cultural, racial, and sexual identities as discursive and historical formations, and we will inquire into the cultural assumptions surrounding notions such as whiteness, racial and sexual otherness, and cultural normativity.  We will examine the power relations at work in the discourses that construct these identities and consider how such identities have implications for social, cultural, and political power.  Our analytical starting points will be both practical – by looking at recent events – and theoretical.


EH 513 - Studies in Chaucer | Halbrooks
T 6:00-8:30

This course will survey the major works of the most important writer of the English Middle Ages, as well as the vast history of Chaucerian scholarship and criticism. Each generation of scholars creates multiple alternative "Chaucers." Since he was also radically innovative as an artist, we will add to this mix "experimental Chaucer," in keeping with our departmental theme for this year. Our own series of experiments will involve studying these most canonical of texts in ways that will allow us to understand and appreciate their radical aspects.


EH 548 - Native American Fiction | Cesarini
W 2:30-5:00

Students will read novels and short stories by Native American writers active from about 1940 until the present, such as Darcy McNickle, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, and LeAnne Howe.  Our study will be to understand as much of each writer's Native/national culture and history as needed to understand and appreciate their works of fiction. Graded work will consist of weekly quizzes and two essays.


EH 573 - Contemporary Fiction | St. Clair
R 6:00-8:30

In EH 573, we'll be reading books that might frighten your mother. (But not that one, weird aunt — she'd probably like to borrow them when you're done.)  As part of the department’s special "experimentation cluster," this course will consider fiction from the contemporary era that is formally innovative, from Italo Calvino’s OULIPO-inspired novel If on a Winter's Night a Traveler to Mark Z. Danielewski's modern classic House of Leaves.


EH 589 - Creative Nonfiction Writing | Pence
W 6:00-8:30

Creative nonfiction blends fiction and poetry with personal facts and research to create genre-bending prose that resists easy classification.  In this graduate course, students will build on skills learned in previous creative writing courses to produce personal essays that emphasize the development of their individual style. Since part of the writing process is the revision process, workshop will play a fundamental role in the course.


EH 591 - Screenwriting for Television | Prince
T 6:00-8:30

This class focuses on the fundamentals of screenwriting for television. We will study character development, conflict, structure, formatting, and so on as we explore how to write screenplays. Our focus will be as expansive as possible, covering drama, comedy, and action genres. Students will write one research paper and work on both an hour and a half-hour TV pilot.


EH 599 - Thesis Hours

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