• GRS EN 745: Accounting for Literature in 19th-Century America and Britain
    What happens to literature with the rise of mass print culture, quantitative science, bureaucracy, and facticity? Poe, Dickens, Melville, Thoreau, Whitman, Browning, Henry James, and Wilkie Collins. Historical methods, plus some information theory, philosophy of science, and digital humanities tools.
  • GRS EN 753: Race and Cosmopolitanism in American Literature, 1875-1975
    Race (alongside culture and class) in literary approaches to cosmopolitanism from Henry James to James Baldwin. American writers grappling with national belonging, global citizenship, affiliation and alienation. Readings include Douglass, Wharton, Locke, Fauset, Stein, and recent theories of cosmopolitanism.
  • GRS EN 754: 1950's America
    This course moves beyond Consumption, Cold War, and Conformity, to explore the 1950's as a decade of cultural and political ferment, when original works of literature, film, and social theory--Lolita, Catcher in the Rye, Invisible Man, films of Marlon Brando, books by de Beauvoir, Arendt, Mills, Riesman--reached wide audiences.
  • GRS EN 766: Milton Now
    Explores Milton's work and the current formation of "Milton studies," focusing on four interrelated topics: modes of reading, historicism, secularism, and gender and sexuality. Asks how and why we read Milton now, engaging conversations about the fate of the humanities.
  • GRS EN 771: The Novel in Theory and History
    An inquiry into the state of novel theory today and the problem of accounting for the emergence of prose fiction in male and female, Christian and non-Christian, Western and Eastern, Neoclassical and Enlightenment authors between 1650 and 1800.
  • GRS EN 778: Succession and Early Modern Tragedy
    Early modern stagings of the logic and tragedy of succession. Readings include historical texts on Tudor- Stuart succession crises, several Shakespeare plays (incl. Lear, Macbeth), less canonical plays (Spanish Tragedy, Massacre at Paris), and contemporary letters (Queen Elizabeth, Arbella Stuart).
  • GRS EN 782: Faulkner in Context
    Faulkner's fiction as works that reflect, absorb, engage, and help constitute the discursive environments of his time. Faulkner as modernist wrestling with new technologies; regionalist in a globalized world; ex- colonial writer; agrarian critic of modern capitalism; chronicler of environmental degradation.
  • GRS EN 783: Modernist Gothic
    Readings from Dorian Gray through Endgame, by such authors as Stoker, Conrad, Woolf, Barnes, Faulkner, Capote, Ellison, and Morrison, in relation to nineteenth-century precursors, contemporary emanations, monsters as myth, and conceptual framings from Arendt and Levi-Strauss through the posthuman. This is the same course listed as GRS EN 843 in the 2014/2015 GRS Bulletin.
  • GRS EN 786: Caribbean Provocations
    Significant texts from the Anglophone Caribbean from 1912 to the present, challenging to read and to theorize. Locally inspired innovations in form, language, and perspective across genres. Likely authors: Naipaul, Harris, Kincaid, Walcott, Antoni, McKay, Goodison, Morris, Roach, Brathwaite, Johnson.
  • GRS EN 788: Transnational Modernism
    This interdisciplinary course explores how globalization shaped the emergence of modernist styles in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Topics include transatlantic migration; the effects of mobilization and world war; the rise of black internationalism; and modernist indebtedness to Asian cultures.
  • GRS EN 792: Introduction to Recent Critical Theory and Method
    A selective study of recent literary theory and criticism, with emphasis on comparison of critical frameworks and methodologies. Topics may include formalism, structuralism, deconstruction, Marxism, New Historicism, gender theory, speech acts, and post-colonialism. Fulfills the graduate requirement in literary theory.
  • GRS EN 794: Professional Seminar
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: English PhD students in their final semester of coursework.
    Developing professional skills and preparing for advanced independent scholarship for English doctoral students in the last semester of coursework. Course includes preparation for comprehensive exam and dissertation prospectus; conference paper submission; publication; fellowship and job applications.
  • GRS EN 855: Modern Exoticism: Transnational Exchanged, Collaborations,Appropriations
    Modernism as a global phenomenon marked by longings for and fears of the exotic, but also by encounters, collaborations, and generic exchanges. Focusing on dramatic and poetic forms, with readings in translation, performance, and postcolonial theory, subaltern and gender studies.
  • GRS EN 993: Directed Study in English
  • GRS EN 994: Directed Study in English
  • GRS EN 995: Directed Study in Playwriting
    Graduate Prerequisites: thesis-level student in the MFA in Playwriting.
    Directed study devoted to writing of the student's thesis play.
  • GRS EN 996: Directed Study in Play Production
    Graduate Prerequisites: thesis-level student in the MFA in Playwriting.
    Directed study devoted to production of the student's thesis play.