Texas Tech University

Summer 2014 Seminars

Summer distance courses run over the Long Summer term (one ten-week term, rather than two five-week terms). We welcome graduate students from departments other than English, but they must contact Dr. Brian McFadden at english.gradadvisor@ttu.edu for permission to enroll (which will usually be granted unless there is a prerequisite or faculty permissions issue).

ENGL 5313: Studies in Twentieth-century British Literature
The Great War in the Literary Imagination

Dr. Jen Shelton
Tuesday 6:00-9:00 PM

DISTANCE COURSE – recommended for students in the Online MA in English. Distance students prioritized.

At the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War in the summer of 1914, this course will examine poetry, fiction, memoir, and history of and about the First World War. We will look at how the dominant narratives of the war came to be, and how those narratives changed national narratives of all subsequent wars. We will mostly read British texts (poetry by Owen, Sassoon, Rosenberg, among others; fiction by Pat Barker; memoir by Edmund Blunden) but will also read some texts in translation (All Quiet on the Western Front). Among the required work will be a seminar paper and class presentation. This class will be conducted online over the long summer (10-week) semester. There will be class meetings online at the stated class time (Tuesday evenings 6-8:50), using either Moodle chat or Skype. A computer with stable internet access is required. Information about logging into Moodle and other course need-to-knows will be sent before the semester begins.

Requirements fulfilled: Later British literature

ENGL 5337: Studies in Linguistics
Language in Literature

Dr. Mary Jane Hurst
Thursday 6:00-8:50 PM
CRN 35531

DISTANCE COURSE – recommended for students in the Online MA in English. Distance students prioritized.

This online offering of English 5337 will provide an overview of the scholarly study of language in literature and will enable students to investigate and analyze language in literature. The class will aim to enrich students' knowledge of and appreciation for both literature and language and will also aim to advance scholarship in the field of stylistics.

No prior knowledge of linguistics is necessary for success in this course because key information about linguistics and about the tools, techniques, and theories of linguistic and stylistic analysis will be presented within the class.

Students in English 5337 will be expected to:
• complete listening, reading, and writing assignments each week;
• apply course concepts in a substantive paper investigating language in a work of fiction, poetry, drama, or nonfiction prose;
• access materials online through the library and through Blackboard; and
• participate in interactive discussions.

Students will do additional reading of their own choosing, but the two books required for everyone in the class are as follows:
• Carter, Ronald, and Peter Stockwell. The Language and Literature Reader. New York: Routledge, 2008; and
• Jaworski, Adam, and Nikolas Coupland. The Discourse Reader. 2nd Edition. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Because this is an online course, students will need reliable Internet access, and students' computers must be configured to use the university's official online learning platform, Blackboard. (Guides can be found at www.Blackboard.ttu.edu, and individualized, personal assistance is also available through IT Help Central.) Students will also need Skype (a free program that can be downloaded from the internet) to communicate with their professor; students with older computers may need an external microphone in order to use Skype.

This course will be offered in the long summer term, which is the ten-week period spanning both Summer I and Summer II.

For more information about this course, contact Dr. Hurst at maryjane.hurst@ttu.edu. Before the semester begins, Dr. Hurst will e-mail welcome messages to all enrolled students, providing detailed information about how to get ready for and how to begin the class.

Requirements fulfilled: Linguistics area; Tools/language requirement