English

  • GRS EN 604: History of Criticism 1
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    A historical survey of western literary-critical standards from the earliest surviving formulations in classical Athens to the dawn of the twentieth century. Writers include Plato, Aristotle, Dante, Johnson, Hegel, Nietzsche, Du Bois, Freud; questions of truth, rhetoric, pleasure, selfhood, politics.
  • GRS EN 606: Literary Criticism II
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Survey of literary critical perspectives and trends in humanistic theory relevant to literary interpretation from the middle of the twentieth century onward, including formalism, structuralism, post-structuralism, gender studies, new historicism, and post-colonial studies. Frequent writing assignments of varying lengths.
  • GRS EN 665: Critical Studies in Literature and Society
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Topic for Fall 2017: Hamlet/Lear/Macbeth: Appropriation and Performance. Historical context, performance histories, and appropriations and transformations of Shakespeare's Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth. Films, novels, plays from England, France, Germany, Russia, Australia, Japan, and the US. Theoretical analysis of intertextuality, cultural politics, canon formation, globalization of culture.
  • GRS EN 666: Critical Studies in Literature and Society
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Topic for Fall 2017: Literature of the Early Black Atlantic. This course considers the first century of black Atlantic literature, including poetry and prose by Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, Mary Prince, and Frederick Douglass. How did these writers represent the early modern world? How did they work to change it?
  • GRS EN 675: Critical Studies in Literature and Gender: Representing Gender in American Literature and Film
    Gender representations in American literature, film, and graphic novels from the 1950's through the present. Works include Lolita, Catcher in the Rye, Streetcar Named Desire, Diary of a Teenage Girl, and Paris is Burning.
  • GRS EN 682: Critical Studies in Modern Literature
    Topic for Spring 2017: Approaches to the Postcolonial Novel. Modern stories from Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. An introduction to historical background and critical approaches to the works of authors such as Amos Tutuola, Buchi Emecheta, Nadine Gordimer, Jean Rhys, Salman Rushdie, and Daniyal Mueenudin.
  • GRS EN 684: Crst Lit&Ethnic
  • GRS EN 693: Crst Lit & Arts
  • GRS EN 695: Critical Studies in Literary Topics
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Topic for Fall 2017: Time and Literature 1800-1930. From 1800-1930, momentous changes in technology (railway, telegraph, photography) and science (geology, Darwin, Einstein) inspired a re-conception of time.Course examines narrative time in Byron, Wordsworth, Hardy, Woolf, and Proust in relation to these strange new ideas about time.
  • GRS EN 696: Critical Studies in Literary Topics
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Topic for Spring 2012: Animals and Literature Since 1800. Can we cast ourselves into the inner lives of alien creatures, from amoebas to elephants? Animals in literature and film, and theoretical shifts in the category of animal. Authors include Byron, Hardy, Darwin, Woolf, and Kafka.
  • GRS EN 699: Teaching College English I
    The goals, contents, and methods of instruction in English. General teaching-learning issues. Required of all teaching fellows.
  • GRS EN 705: Seminar: The Writing of Plays 1
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom one act or a full-length play must be submitted in the period just before classes begin.
    A workshop in the writing of plays. Manuscripts are read using professional actors from the Boston community, and plays are discussed in class. Individual conferences. Limited enrollment.
  • GRS EN 706: Seminar: The Writing of Plays 2
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom one act or a full-length play must be submitted during the period just before classes begin.
    A workshop in the writing of plays. Manuscripts are read using professional actors from the Boston community, and plays are discussed in class. Individual conferences. Limited enrollment.
  • GRS EN 717: Before Class: Early Modern Distinctions
    The symbolic violence of social distinctions (gender, wealth, religion, race, occupation, learning, birth, accent, etc. etc.) among Elizabethans. Tudor-Stuart works, high and low genres from humanist philosophy to Shakespearean drama, libels, graffiti, court transcripts; social theory from Castiglione to Bourdieu.
  • GRS EN 720: Conflict and Representation in Jacobean Culture
    This seminar considers the representation of social/political conflicts in the Jacobean period (1603-1625),organized around topics of sovereignty, patronage, witchcraft, gender, and the marketplace. Texts include: Macbeth, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Alchemist, King James's writings, poetry of Jonson and Donne.
  • GRS EN 724: Old Age in Early Modern Literature
    An introduction to the discipline and practice of "literary gerontology" or age studies through a survey of Elizabethan and Jacobean representations of late life. Attention to relevant classical and continental resources as well as modern critical contexts.
  • GRS EN 726: States of Exception: Seventeenth-Century Women?s Writing and Violence
    Drawing on Agamben's analysis of the English Civil War, as well as gender and queer theory, this class explores seventeenth-century English women's writing and its afterlives. In particular, we consider the importance of wartime violence to these women's writing.
  • GRS EN 727: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Poetry
    Major concentration on Dryden, Pope, Swift, Johnson. Students may choose other poets from a list including Davenant, Marvell, Cowley, Philips, Behn, Wilmot, Killigrew, Prior, Finch, Montagu, Addison, Gray, Collins, Smart, Seward.
  • GRS EN 731: Global Romanticism
    Interdisciplinary seminar exploring new visions of the global and the planetary in Romantic-era literature, artworks, museums, and collections, in relation to encounters with Indigenous people and their cultural productions, and writings by leading European figures across emerging disciplines.
  • GRS EN 735: The Satanic School: Byron and the Shelleys Unbound
    The work of the "Satanic School" of writers--Byron, Percy Shelley, and Mary Shelley--during their collaborative post-Waterloo period. Readings include the major shorter works as well as Prometheus Unbound, Frankenstein, and portions of Childe Harold and Don Juan.