Spring 2007 Graduate Seminars

Eng 599R: Masters Thesis
Elliott, TBA, TBA


Eng 710R: Studies in Renaissance Literature: Spenser's 1590 Faerie Queene
Goldberg, Tu 1:00-4:00, Max: 12 (8) Eng 710R/(4) CPLT 751 Content: Spenser's 1590 Faerie Queene (books 1 through 3) will be the focus of this course, and the aim will be to situate it within the history of sexuality, and to explore as well relationships between sexuality and various forms of materiality, particularly philosophical materiality, but also bodily practices including those associated with various forms of classical and Christian ascesis. Along with Spenser we will read auxiliary texts, sources and analogues; some literary criticism; writing by some theorists, including Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault, especially his later texts in the history of sexuality.

Texts: Spenser, Faerie Queene; Pierre Hadot, Philosophy as a Way of Life; Michel Foucault, Use of Pleasure, Care of the Self; Hannah Arendt, Love and St. Augustine.

Particulars: A class presentation and a seminar paper will be required.


Eng 732R: Studies in Victorian Literature: Imagining the Victorian Novel
Otis, Th 1:00-4:00, Max: 12

Content: This course will explore the way that British authors, 1840-1900, used their own writing to study the process by which sensory experience becomes art. As literary scholars and cultural historians, we will focus on novels dealing with the many modes of the human imagination, examining the relationships among its verbal, visual, and other sensory components. The main literary readings will be complemented by relevant scientific and medical texts and by classical essays from a wide range of critical approaches.

Texts: The reading list may include Charlotte Brontë's Villette, Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens's Hard Times, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White, Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, George Eliot's Middlemarch, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Samuel Butler's Erewhon, Emile Zola's L'Oeuvre, Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, George Gissing's New Grub Street, and H. G. Wells's The Time Machine.

Particulars: Students will be expected to make one in-class presentation, placing a literary work in historical and critical context and offering a preliminary reading of it. Instead of a final 20-25 page seminar paper, students will be asked to write and revise two shorter 10-12 page papers suitable for reading at conferences.


Eng 752R: Studies in Twentieth-Century American Literature: The Long Poem: Exploring the Danowski Poetry Library
Young, Tu 10:00-1:00, Max: 12

Content: Part epic, part sequence, and arguably all modern, the long poem has proven a formidable force in 20th century poetry, even in poets' rejection of or failure in the form. For this course we will explore the long poem from the homegrown modernism of Edgar Lee Masters to the fragmented epic of Anne Carson, while also working with the Danowski Poetry Library, a 75,000 volume collection of rare poetry housed at Emory.

Along the way, we will explore questions of modernism, Southernness, gender, race, and music in the work of Muriel Rukeyser, John Berryman, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Sylvia Plath, to name a few. We will consider the long poem as both tradition and experiment, and wrestle with whether a poem should reflect, refract, or try to order the contemporary world. Ultimately, we will conduct a history of modern poetry through the long poem, and explore whether or not we can imagine one without the other. As part of a final project, students will not only write about and work hands-on with first editions, but will have an opportunity to help curate an exhibit based on the Danowski Poetry Library.

Texts: A History of Modern Poetry: Modernism and After, David Perkins; Spoon River Anthology, Edgar Lee Masters; Spring and All, William Carlos Williams; Collected Poems, Langston Hughes; Pisan Cantos, Ezra Pound; Selected Poems, John Berryman; In the Mecca, Gwendolyn Brooks; Ariel: The Restored Edition, Sylvia Plath; Thomas and Beulah, Rita Dove; Autobiography of Red, Anne Carson.


Eng 789R: Special Topics in Literature: The Profession of English
Foster, M 1:00-4:00, Max: 12

Content: This course will serve as an introduction to the profession of English as it is practiced in the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century. We will survey current configurations of the discipline and consider their origins and permutations. We will discuss some of the contemporary debates and new directions in literary studies. Throughout the semester we will engage in practical learning of skills that make professing easier or more effective. We will talk about conferences and publishing. We will invite other faculty to share their ideas about these and other issues.


Eng 789R: Special Topics in Literature: New Media Vision and Theory
Johnston, W 1:00-4:00, Max: 12

Content: New Media Studies takes as its object the media made possible and supported by digital computers and global, computer-mediated networks. This course will focus on some of the key figures, central concepts and important arguments that have shaped and defined this huge and booming new academic field. Readings selected from both early visionaries and contemporary theorists will bring into play a range of perspectives --technological, esthetic, social, economic and political. In addition to the readings, we will consider archival and contemporary material on the Internet pertinent to the relationship between media technology and media aesthetics. I have listed topics and authors below, but the exact selection will reflect student interests.

Topics and themes: The computer as simulation machine and meta-medium, remediation, interactivity, interface, database versus narrative, hacker culture and cyber-feminism, collective intelligence, the open source and free software movements, hypertext fiction and poetry, net art, the Internet and the law, real time and virtual space, disembodiment.

Visionaries and theorists: Vannevar Bush, Alan Kay, J. C. Licklider, Ted Nelson, Donna Haraway, Robert Stallman, Linus Torvalds, Tim Berners-Lee, Brenda Laurel, Lev Manovich, Jean Baudrillard, Friedrick Kittler, Sadie Plant, Pierre Levy, Paul Virilio, J. David Bolter and Richard Grusin, Lawrence Lessig, and Ellen Ullman.

In addition, the exploration of cultural and critical perspectives on software theory, Web sites, blogging and social network sites, gaming, virtual cinema and other digital practices will be encouraged.

Required Books: Wardrip-Fruin and Montfort (editors), The New Media Reader; Lev Manovich, The Language of New Media.

Particulars: an oral presentation and a seminar paper or digital project.


Eng 789R: Special Topics in Literature: Gender, Globalization, and Location
Bahri/Freeman, W 10:00-1:00, Max: 12 (4) ENG 789R/(4) WS 585/(4) ANT 585

Content: "Globalization" is a concept that has proliferated in both popular and scholarly arenas, describing the increasing intensity of flows of capital, labor, commodities, and ideologies across national borders. Electronic highways, the expansion of jet travel, satellite technology and trade liberalization have made transnational communication and cultural, political, and economic connections closer and faster than ever before. The goal of this course is to interpret these movements and to analyze the meaning and implications of these global processes for people's everyday lives, in particular through the lens of gender. While many other disciplines have analyzed globalization at the macro level, this interdisciplinary course aims to introduce students to globalization at the local level through the media of ethnography, literature and film. We will problematize the global/local; macro/ micro; theory/empiricism; masculine/feminine dualism's that continue to frame much of globalization scholarship.

This new co-taught interdisciplinary course brings ethnography, literature and film as the media through which to interpret systems of globalization. The class will examine the particular challenges of globalization as a focus of study for anthropologists and literary scholars historically committed to a particular 'place' or region, and will explore the relationship between ethnographic and creative cultural texts.

Texts: A selection of literary and ethnographic monographs and films from the following: High-Tech and High Heels in the Global Economy, Screening Culture, Viewing Politics: An Ethnography of Television, Womanhood, and Nation in Postcolonial India, A Small Place, Zenzele, The God of Small Things, Bride and Prejudice, Awara Soup.

Particulars: weekly short papers and a final research paper.


Eng 789R: Special Topics in Literature: Contemporary World Literature
Rushdie, Tu 4:00-7:00, 2 Credits, Max: 16

Content: A four-week seminar on contemporary world literature, discussing authors such as Jose Luis Borges, Gabriel Marquez Marquez, Gunter Grass, and Italo Calvino.

Texts: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude; Jorge Luis Borges, Fictions; Gunter Grass, The Tin Drum; Italo Calvino, The Ancestors.

Particulars: All students will be expected to attend each seminar meeting and to produce a short paper on each of the four novels.

Note that this seminar will be for two credits only, and that all students will be graded on an S/U basis. The seminar will meet for four weeks, from February 13-March 6.


Eng 791R: The Teaching of Composition
Morey, M 12:00-2:30, Max: 15

Content: This is a two-semester (spring/fall) practicum in Rhetoric/Composition pedagogy for graduate students teaching English 101 (Expository Writing) or 181 (Writing about Literature) for the first time (i.e., fall 2007). We will be concerned with general questions of theory and method, specifically as these apply to course design, textbooks, writing assignments, evaluation, and day-to-day classroom practice. The Spring semester will be concerned primarily with general perspectives and course design; the Fall semester primarily with the reality of classroom experience.

Texts: Readings in pedagogy, rhetorical theory, and examples of student writing.

Particulars: Evaluation is satisfactory/unsatisfactory, with no formal paper. Brief presentations on matters of common concern are required.


Eng 797R: Directed Study
Elliott, TBA, TBA, Max: 999


Eng 799R: Doctoral Dissertation
Elliott, TBA, TBA, Max: 999