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Graduate Course Offerings, Fall 2022

If you have any questions about the Literature, Creative Writing, or Linguistics courses, please contact the graduate advisor. For all Technical Communication courses, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

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ENGL 5000 English as a Profession

Dr. Lisa L. Phillips
Asynchronous (CRN: 37041)

The workshop-based, capstone course is designed to support you to create a portable digital portfolio. However, the overarching goal is to produce and articulate a professional identity based in reflective, collaborative practices bolstered by rigorous theoretical framing. Consequently, you are invited to develop a portfolio that contains a set of artifacts (things you have produced) for specific audiences and purposes in alignment with your professional identity and the MATC program outcomes as described in the Graduate Student Handbook. Your sense of professional identity as a technical communicator will vary depending on your goals and career trajectory. The capstone experience can support you to synthesize content from your work throughout the program as you recognize habits of mind, skills, and key theoretical or methodological approaches that emerged across your programmatic experiences.

Rather than simply making an attractive document, your goal is to produce a portfolio of revised artifacts grounded in core curricular concepts and skills. Ultimately, a well-composed portfolio demonstrates a clear sense of professional identity, ability to reflect upon and illustrate skills, and preparedness to transition to another setting.

Questions you're invited to explore include:

    • How do I develop a portfolio that showcases my rhetorical finesse, design savvy, and academic acumen?
    • What is a ‘bridge' portfolio, and how do I adapt it for different audiences and purposes?
    • Why is theoretical framing important for portfolio development and artifact revision?
    • How do I showcase ethical communication competencies and why does it matter in a portfolio?
    • What are distinctions between an industry-, teaching-, or research-focused portfolio, and what role does academic framing play across these genre variations?

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ENGL 5067 Methods of Teaching College Composition: Masters Only

Dr. Callie Kostelich
Mondays, 12:00 - 1:20 PM (CRN: 39490)
Onsite

This course is designed as a practicum for GPTI teaching first-year writing at Texas Tech University. This section will be specifically focused on preparing you to teach writing in asynchronous online classes. This section will introduce teachers to methods and practices of teaching writing online and provide scaffolding for your first time teaching asynchronously in our program. We will use digital spaces through Blackboard to discuss teaching activities, to introduce you to theories of online learning, writing, and rhetoric, to solve problems related to teaching and learning, and to help you build your online teaching philosophy.

ENGL 5067 Methods of Teaching College Composition: PhD Only

Dr. Callie Kostelich
Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:20 PM (CRN: 39984)
Onsite

This course is designed as a practicum for GPTI teaching first-year writing at Texas Tech University. This section will be specifically focused on preparing you to teach writing in asynchronous online classes. This section will introduce teachers to methods and practices of teaching writing online and provide scaffolding for your first time teaching asynchronously in our program. We will use digital spaces through Blackboard to discuss teaching activities, to introduce you to theories of online learning, writing, and rhetoric, to solve problems related to teaching and learning, and to help you build your online teaching philosophy.

ENGL 5301 Old English Language

Dr. Brian McFadden
Tuesdays, 9:30 - 12:20 PM (CRN: 33019/43602D)
Hybrid

This course will introduce students to the grammar, syntax, vocabulary, phonology, and morphology of Old English and examine its relationship to the language we speak today, in addition to learning some of the basic background and history of the Early Medieval English period and developing an understanding of early English manuscripts. Our primary focus will be to develop a reading knowledge of Old English for the study of basic prose and poetic texts, as well as to prepare students for Beowulf in the Spring 2023 semester (for which this course is a prerequisite; any student contemplating the Beowulf course should plan accordingly). Course requirements: daily translations; midterm exam, periodic quizzes, and one final translation/transcription project. Texts: Moore, Knott, and Hulbert, The Elements of Old English; Mitchell and Robinson, A Guide to Old English, 8th ed.; Clark Hall, A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary; supplemental materials delivered via Blackboard.

Requirements fulfilled: Philology Sequence; British Literature; Period: Early; Medieval and Renaissance Studies Certificate

ENGL 5306 Studies in Seventeenth-Century British Literature: Milton, Utopia, and Dystopia

Dr. Ryan Hackenbracht
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 35489 / 41969D)
Hybrid

How does utopic fiction try to make “a heaven of hell, [or] a hell of heaven?” Is that endeavor inherently diabolical—or, at least, tainted in some way—as it was for Milton's Satan? This seminar explores the ways in which Milton's epic about fallen angels and the Garden of Eden shapes much of our modern thinking about paradises, utopias, and dystopias. From Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis series to Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, and from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World to Toni Morrison's Paradise, we will investigate the nature of Miltonic world-building and its legacy in Science Fiction and popular culture. Assignments include an annotated bibliography, conference-style presentation, and a final research paper on a subject of your choosing and in your own area of specialization (e.g. Creative Writing, American lit, etc.).

Requirements fulfilled: British Literature; Period: Early; Genre: Poetry

ENGL 5309 Studies in Nineteenth-Century British Literature: Romanticism and Criminal Justice

Dr. Marjean D. Purinton
Mondays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 45281)
Online

This course surveys the British Romantic Period (1780-1830) with a focus on consequential changes effected in criminal justice during this revolutionary and tumultuous time. Because of the period's significant paradigm shift in criminal justice, it is not surprising for us to see spectacular violence and crime, public punishments, legal proceedings, and courtroom scenes represented in popular culture and literature. We will read Wollstonecraft's Maria; or, The Wrongs of Woman, Godwin's Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb William, Mary Shelley's Falkner, P.B. Shelley's The Cenci, Inchbald's Such Things Are, Byron's Manfred, Robinson's Nobody as well as diverse poetry and nonfiction selections. From the literature, we will explore the forces shaping and reflecting the period's reforms in criminal justice, including crime detection and prevention, female criminality, and debates over punishment and rehabilitation. We will discover how this important paradigm shift shapes the cultural foundations upon which our own systems of justice rest and how it informs our contemporary challenges with prison reform, social justice inequities, the #Me Too Movement, and civil unrest.

Requirements Fulfilled: British Literature; Period: later; Genre: Fiction; LSJE

English 5313 Studies in Twentieth-Century British Literature: The Great War

Dr. Jennifer Shelton
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 40757 / 33022D)
Hybrid

This course will examine texts of the Great War, mostly from the British side but also examining texts by authors from other combatant nations. We will read texts from a number of different genres — fiction, memoir, poetry, medical writing — in order to consider questions of narrative form and structure. The course fulfills requirements for Later British literature. Work will include a short response papers, engagement with others' response papers, a conference paper that will be revised into a seminar paper, and a class presentation.

Requirements Fulfilled: British Literature; Period: later; Genre: Fiction, or Non-Fiction, or Poetry

ENGL 5323 Studies in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: American Unoriginal

Dr. Elissa Zellinger
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 14963 / 37201D)
Hybrid

American literary criticism tends to endorse a myth of Romantic authorship, of a singular genius composing a singular work. As a consequence, what has been valued in studies of American literature, especially nineteenth-century American literature, are authors who appear to be rugged individuals, iconoclastic innovators, or original geniuses whose texts forever change the field. The truth is, however, that nineteenth-century American literature was both a collaborative and a generic endeavor, as authors worked together to compose and publish texts that were often recycling well-worn conventions. In fact, what nineteenth-century readers considered “original” was an author's ability to imitate others.

This class will study such American “unoriginals” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Lydia Sigourney, among others) and those labeled iconoclasts (including Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman) in order to understand how poems reflect the collaborative networks that constitute both the text and the author's name. In addition, we will understand that reproduction, imitation, and collaboration were not techniques that rendered authors derivative. Rather, such practices demonstrate authors' active, creative engagement with print culture. This class will also focus on how the myth of single-author literary scholarship marginalized raced and gendered others both in the nineteenth century and today. As a result, we will participate in a recent scholarly trend that seeks to challenge the longstanding historiographic tendency to assert that American literature owes its distinctiveness to original works of genius. Students will be introduced to a broad range of authors, texts, and critical methodologies. Requirements for the class include in-class presentations, weekly Blackboard posts, a research proposal, and a final written assignment.

Requirements Fulfilled: American Literature, Period: Early; Genre: Poetry; Book History/Digital Humanities (BHDH)

ENGL 5325 Studies in American Fiction: Magical Realism

Dr. Cordelia Barrera
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 35491 / 45292D)
Hybrid

This course will focus on American fiction that can be described as magical realist. A contradictory term, magical realism engages the usual devises of narrative realism, but with a difference: the supernatural is a routine matter, an everyday occurrence both accepted and integrated into the rationality and materiality of literary realism. We will examine ideas of reality and its artistic representation so as to question the role of the apparently magical within our apprehensions of literary (and cinematic) realities. Although the texts we read will focus on American authors, we will discuss traditions and schools of thought within broader Latin American and European traditions with which magical realism is most often associated. We will also explore other examples, such as fantastical fiction and surrealism so as to develop a more extensive sense of the philosophical, political, ideological, and literary uses of these texts. Students will gain an appreciation of the roots and influences of magical realism, as well as the idioms and strains of magical realist modes of writing that include literary realism, naturalism, surrealism, fantasy, and the gothic.

Requirement Fulfilled: American Literature, Period: Later; Genre: Fiction; LSJE

ENGL 5327 Studies in Multicultural American Literature: Indigenous Futurism

Dr. Sara Spurgeon
Thursdays, 2:00 - 4:50 PM (CRN: 34395)
Onsite

This course will explore creative and scholarly works in the emerging field of Indigenous Futurism. We will read novels, a novel, and graphic narratives/comics as well as critical texts. All our primary texts and most scholarly articles are by Native American, First Nations, indigenous authors and/or artists from somewhere in the Americas. Among the questions we will consider are: Why has speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, alternative history, futurism, etc.) traditionally been so closely associated with white, Western, male authors and narratives of invasion and conquest? What happens when authors from cultures which have already survived an alien invasion and conquest claim speculative fiction to tell their own stories? Why are we currently experiencing a groundswell of publications in speculative fiction by authors/filmmakers of color, including native/tribal peoples?

Requirements Fulfilled: American Literature, Period: Later; Genre: Fiction or Film; Literature, Social Justice, and Environment (LSJE)

ENGL 5337 Studies in Linguistics: Compositional Semantics

Dr. Min-Joo Kim
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:50 PM (CRN: 39534 / 37205D)
Hybrid

The English sentence “Every man loves a woman” is two-ways ambiguous but its passive counterpart “A woman is loved by every man” is not, and this has something to do with how sentential meaning is derived based on syntactic structure.

In this course, we will examine how the meaning of a sentence is computed in a compositional manner (a term due to Philosopher Gottlob Frege) because of the way it is structured, and because of the semantic contributions the words comprising it make. In addition, we will be looking at how context and world knowledge play a role in semantic computation, and in this context discuss the relation between semantics and pragmatics.

This course can be taken by anyone interested in language and linguistics without prior knowledge of linguistics or philosophy of language.

Required Text:
Heim, Irene, and Angelika Kratzer. 1998. Semantics in Generative Grammar. Blackwell.

Requirements Fulfilled: Philology/Methods Sequence; Graduate Certificate in Linguistics

ENGL 5340 Research Methods in Literature & Languages - Joys & Challenges

Dr. Fareed Ben-Youssef
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 34750)
Online

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This course explores the joys and the challenges of research. It is an introduction to the methods, processes, and procedures for graduate-level research in English, for students pursuing MA and PhD degrees in English with concentrations primarily in Literature, Linguistics, and Creative Writing. Students will investigate the uses of archival, bibliographic, and web-based sources in graduate-level scholarship.

Using a suite of research methods, we will ask: how do we arrive at and refine a research question? What are the different strategies for and the scholarly debates around the close reading of a text? How do we choose and complicate theoretical lenses? How do we cultivate a network of research collaborators? How do we select the right venue for our research? How do we build a research portfolio that clearly articulates both short-term and long-term goals? How do we tailor our research for different audiences in and outside academia? How do we perform research across media and across disciplines? How do we acquire funding for our research? What are alternative modes of research dissemination that can reach the public? What does it mean to be an ethical researcher? What are practices to queer and to decolonize research methods? Through short exercises and longer writing assignments, students will acquire the tools necessary to be effective, considerate, and nimble researchers able to work within and beyond the humanities.

The course will feature conversations with artists and scholars pursuing interdisciplinary research. It fulfills a foundation course requirement for masters and doctoral students in English while also providing a strong base in research methods for students working across the humanities.

Requirements Fulfilled: Foundation Course

English 5342 Critical Methods

Dr. Jennifer Shelton
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 14996 / 40755D)
Hybrid

This course is a “tools” course and is designed to be wholly pragmatic. In this course, you will learn to identify major theoretical movements and the assumptions that underlie them, to use literary theory in your own interpretive work, and to generate your own theoretical approaches to literature. Students should not expect to emerge from this course with a lengthy seminar paper that can be revised for publication; instead, you will write several short papers that allow you to engage with multiple theoretical models.

Requirements Fulfilled: Foundation Course

ENGL 5351 Film & Literature: Status of Adaptation

Dr. Scott Baugh
Mondays, 2:00 - 4:50 PM (CRN: 15021)
Onsite

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This seminar will examine adaptation—exemplary adaptations themselves as well as theories and modes of adaptation across English studies. With special emphasis on cinematic adaptations, we will include an introduction to film & media critical studies: graduate students with no previous experience—but vigorous interest—in cinema studies are fully welcome! Far beyond traditional notions of ‘fidelity to the source,' or simplistic questions of ‘quality,' we will practice multiple literacies across a number of contexts, ‘reading' across intertextual, multi-discursive, and media-distinct relationships. Participants will be encouraged to extrapolate from our shared readings and group discussions to formulate an individual critical studies research project (seminar paper/article) related to their own specific professional objectives and interests.

Seminar readings likely draw from a wide range of adaptation materials, often in multiple iterations, like: Adaptation, Sin City, Macbeth, Hamlet, The Great Gatsby, The Age of Innocence, Emma, Little Women, A Clockwork Orange, Evita, 300, Beowulf, To Kill a Mockingbird, True Grit, Gone Girl, The Wizard of Oz, Snowpiercer, The Lathe of Heaven, The Handmaid's Tale, Black Panther, Nomadland, The Shining, Stand by Me, Road to Perdition, O' Brother, No Country, Scott Pilgrim, Kick-Ass, Lara Croft, Purple Rain, Tommy, The Wall, The Godfather franchise, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies, a Batman or two, and more; include one textbook/primer: Margo Kasdan, Christine Saxton, and Susan Tavernetti's The Critical Eye (3/e, Kendall-Hunt, 2002 or newer); and, survey scholarly books & articles (on electronic reserve) by: Robert Stam, Marie-Laure Ryan, Linda Hutcheon, Kamilla Elliott, Thomas Leitch, Shohini Chaudhuri, Costa Constandinides, Deborah Cartwell, Jack Boozer, Sarah Cardwell, Imelda Whelehan, Michael Prince, Roland Barthes, André Bazin, Sergei Eisenstein, Seymour Chatman, Edward Brannigan, David Bordwell, and more.

Requirements fulfilled: Film & Media Studies; Period: Later; Genre: Film

ENGL 5354 Doctoral Research and Critical Methods in English

Dr. Matthew Hunter
Mondays, 2:00 - 4:50 PM (CRN: 44773)
Onsite

This course, taken by Literature, Linguistics, and Creative Writing PhD students in their first semester, will introduce research and critical methods for graduate-level research in English, specifically the processes of formulating and executing advanced research projects, thereby launching students into their field of study. Students will begin the process of marking out a field and methodology for doctoral research, which will include compiling bibliographies for their qualifying exam reading lists and areas of study.

Requirements Fulfilled: PhD Foundation Course

ENGL 5355 Studies in Comparative Literature: Debates Over World Literature

Dr. Roger McNamara
Mondays, 9:00 - 11:50 AM (CRN: 15021 / 40759D)
Hybrid

What is Comparative Literature? What are the various methodologies to approach Comparative Literature? These are the two broad questions that frame this course. This course begins with a brief overview of the origins of Comparative Literature and traces its development to the contemporary moment. We'll examine some of the competing approaches from aesthetics, through politics, to ethics in situating the discipline. While we will examine some canonical texts such as Auerbach's Mimesis, the primary focus will be on the current conversation with a special emphasis on the debates over “World Literature”. Some of the critics we will read are Emily Apter, Eric Auerbach, Pascale Casanova, David Damrosch, and Aamir Mufti. I have still to decide on the fiction we'll be reading for this course, but it will probably include Amitav Ghosh, Michael Ondaatje, and Rainer Maria Rilke.

At the same time, the course will also have a practical component, requiring you to come up with your own theory of comparative literature, how you would approach teaching it in the classroom, and creating a syllabus that you could use in portfolio when you go on the job market.

Assignments: short paper (7-8 pages), final paper (12-15 pages), annotated syllabus, and two presentations.

Requirements Fulfilled: Comparative Literature, Globalization, and Translation (CLGT); Period: Later; Genre: Fiction

ENGL 5360: History and Theory of College Composition

Dr. Callie Kostelich
Mondays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 39488 / 39489)
Hybrid

This course provides an introduction to composition and rhetoric as a field of study. Course readings will explore the history of composition studies and composition courses in U.S. universities, as well as contemporary theories that inform composition research and pedagogy. I encourage you to use the course discussion and projects to develop and situate your own theories, practices, and pedagogies. We will examine and reflect on many approaches to understanding composition, literacy, rhetoric, and writing, including perspectives that spark debate within the field. The course will provide you with a basis for understanding the field of composition and rhetoric and for situating your interests and practices in relation to composition scholarship.

ENGL 5361 Theories of Invention

Dr. David Roach
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 37087 / 37091)
Hybrid

Aristotle defined rhetoric as the art of finding the best available means of persuasion. For the Greeks rhetoric was primarily oral, although it is obviously found in all forms of human communication—especially writing and visual media. In this course we will survey of rhetorical theory from the Sophists through Aristotle and fellow Greeks, Romans, Medieval theologians, Enlightenment scholars and others to 20th century thinkers. We will look at all aspects of rhetoric, but focus mainly on invention, arrangement, and style. We will study how rhetoric functioned in these historic periods and how it functions today.

ENGL 5362 Rhetorical Genre Studies

Dr. Jennifer Nish
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 43859 / 43858)
Hybrid

In this course, we will explore rhetorical analysis, which is a way of reading texts and other forms of communication, with a particular focus on rhetorical genre studies. We will begin the course by exploring what rhetoric is and how rhetoricians approach textual analysis. Then, we will transition into exploring a series of theories, concepts, and methods used to study rhetorical genres. Scholars have studied a wide range of texts through the lens of rhetorical genre, including historical archives, social media posts, academic articles, student writing, and organizational communication. We will engage with some of these examples as a class, but we will also add our own analyses to the conversation. A key part of this course will be conducing your own analyses of texts and genres and responding to the analyses of your classmates.

ENGL 5370 Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry

Dr. Curtis Bauer
Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:50 AM (CRN: 15196 / 40760D)
Hybrid

This class will give its attention to poetry and the making and crafting of poetry in a place conducive for experimentation...a laboratory, a collaborative, a workshop in the sense of the place where things are made, refined, recycled, borrowed, even thrown away, but done so together. This class will help us train our muscles, which is to say: we're going to play with metaphors and music and images and abstractions. We're going to look, listen, touch, taste, smell: we're going to study our surroundings, internal and external. BUT, we won't be workshopping in the “traditional” sense: no “correcting” or “fixing” each other's poems! When we gather we will be thinking about poems, primarily poems that could seem impossible to write, including the poems that might seem impossible for us to write, which are the ones we need to write. We'll read several essays (explicitly or tangentially) about poetry, poetics, connections, fractures, as well as read and contemplate (mimic? challenge?) several long poems—among them poems by Pegeen Kelly, Girmay, Rosenthal, Clariond, Francis, Howell, Szymborska, Long Soldier, and others—in order to engage in what baffles us, seems impossible or inaccessible, but what ultimately fills us with wonder.

Requirements Fulfilled: Creative Writing Workshop; Genre: Poetry

ENGL 5370 Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction

Dr. Marcus Burke
Tuesdays, 2:00 - 4:50 PM (CRN: 15198 / 45291D)
Hybrid

The act of writing is a deeply personal urge and there is no singular prevailing way to create fiction. In this writing intensive graduate fiction workshop, students will be encouraged to experiment and explore their fictional urges, obsessions, and passions on the page. This course will center around the reading and critiquing of student work. We will discuss the writing life, and also study and discuss various craft elements from the essays, interviews and excerpts of literary greats and contemporary fiction writers such as Lan Samantha Chang, Victor Lavelle, Eudora Welty, Marlon James, Marilynnne Robinson, Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison, John Gardner, James Wood, Chinelo Okparanta, Jamaica Kinkaid, Allen Gurganus and James Alan McPherson. Students will also develop and present a craft talk to the class.

Requirements Fulfilled: Creative Writing Workshop; Genre: Fiction

ENGL 5371 Foundations of Technical Communication

Dr. Michael J. Faris
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 15203 / 37105)
Hybrid

ENGL 5371 will focus on theoretical and practical issues in technical communication, giving students a strong basis from which to continue their graduate studies and work in the profession. Students will read and write about theories, trends, and issues in the profession; explore the historical growth of technical communication; learn about research issues they might encounter in more depth later in their studies; and develop a stronger sense of professional identities and values.

This course will provide students with a broad introduction to technical communication as a practice, as a profession, and as an academic discipline or field. Twenty years ago, Johnson-Eilola and Selber (2001) observed that courses like this one “are a crucial educational site because they introduce students from disparate backgrounds to the field of technical communication” (p. 426). Following their suggestion, this course will explore technical communication through a “three-dimensional space of thinking, doing, and teaching” (Johnson-Eilola & Selber, 2001, p. 405). That is, we will explore thinking about technical communication as a site of research and theory; doing technical communication in practitioner settings; and teaching technical communication as a site of praxis (the confluence of theory and practice).

Technical communication as a practice and as an academic discipline often gets a bad reputation, seen as rote or the mere mechanical and transparent communication of complex ideas to either specialized or lay audiences. However, technical communication is quite complex and practiced (and researched) as a contingent process in a wide variety of settings. Together, through readings and assignments, we will explore the following questions:

    • How is technical communication defined—as a profession, as a practice, and as a field of study?
    • What is the history of the field and profession? What theoretical perspectives influence the practice and study of technical communication?
    • How do practitioners and academics produce knowledge in the field? What methods are used and valued?
    • What do practitioners in technical communication produce and how? What do scholars in the field produce and how?
    • What are emerging trends in the field and profession regarding technical communication practice, theory, research, and pedagogy?

ENGL 5376 Online Publishing

Dr. Jason Tham
Mondays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 43862 / 41985)
Hybrid

This graduate-level course will provide an overview of the practical and theoretical aspects of designing effective online communication and websites. Specifically, our work will focus on process and planning, content development, site structure, navigation, visual design, interface design, usability, and accessibility. The course will cover practical skills with various software tools and scripting languages, including HTML and CSS. Assignments will primarily focus on analyzing and developing online content using a variety of tools and development methods. The course will also address theoretical issues in online publishing, content management, and technology.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: Describe tasks that comprise the iterative process of developing websites. Apply principles of site structure and design to developing websites. Identify approaches and testing methods for website user experience. Explain how issues of content management affect the development of online publications.

ENGL 5380 Special Topics in Literary Studies: Translation as Conversation

Dr. Noam Dorr
Mondays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 33027 / 37206D)
Hybrid

“Translation is a map, a mode that can trigger endless crossings from one party to another”
–Don Mee Choi

What does it mean to say something has been translated? Is translation a question of creativity? Fidelity? Is it a game of telephone? In this course we will focus on translation as an ongoing conversation. Rather than imagining translation as a unidirectional conversion from a source language to a target language, we will, as Cristina Rivera Garza argues, explore how the act of translation can itself be considered an original language. In order to demystify the translation process, over the course of a semester we will explore its technical, theoretical, and political implications. The class will be part seminar, part workshop. We will study the creative application of translation as a practice as well as theories of translation. We'll explore multiple writing genres and the way translation of each form introduces new challenges and possibilities. Students will undertake a semester-long translation project as well as weekly exercises.

Requirements Fulfilled: Comparative Literature, Globalization, and Translation (CLGT); Period: Later; Genre: Fiction

ENGL 5381 Global Technical Communication

Dr. Beau Pihlaja
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 45621 / 39494)
Hybrid

An introduction to theories and practices in global technical and professional writing.

The world is a big place. However, people from vastly different worlds are increasingly brought together through the reach of multinational corporations, migration, and travel for leisure. More and more communities and markets stretch across borders: national/political borders, linguistic borders, and cultural borders. Engineers, technical communicators, and professionals are asked to adapt, to compose texts that reach and work across those borders. In this class we will explore and challenge our definitions for “culture” and what it means to be “culturally competent” as a technical communicator in a globalized society. We will learn about the ways writing and writing technologies shape and are shaped by the cultures in which they are used. This class will challenge you to think both theoretically and practically about how we might write texts for particular users in particular contexts globally as well as train technical communicators to become invested in cross-cultural competence and mindfulness. Finally, as scholars and researchers of global technical communication we will especially consider what it means to engage our expanding world in just and ethical ways.

ENGL 5382 Theory and Research in the Written Discourses of Health and Medicine

Dr. Scott Weedon
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 31253 / 37089)
Hybrid

ENGL 5382: Theory and Research in the Written Discourses of Health and Medicine will introduce students to the subfield of rhetorical studies and technical communication known as the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine (RHM). In this subfield, scholars research the cultural, social, and symbolic facets of medical practice, history, and science. RHM researchers examine the genres that convey medical information, the interactions between patient and providers, the rhetorical impact of medical technologies, the effects of race, class, gender, and environment on health outcomes, and many other topics.

The course will tackle topics that have impacted our world for the last two years. We will seek to understand the nature of medical uncertainty, the intersection of politics and medical science, the causes and effects of health disparities, and the management of the life and death of populations. The class will be useful to students interested in scientific, health, and technical communication, rhetoric of science, technology and medicine, rhetorical theory, and rhetorical research methods.

ENGL 5388 User Experience Research

Dr. Rob Grace
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 37088 / 35503)
Hybrid

User experience (UX) research examines how people use an existing or future technology to design products that meet their needs and provide experiences they value. This course introduces foundational approaches to UX research. Students will learn and practice field research methods such as contextual inquiry, inspection methods such as cognitive walkthrough and heuristic evaluation, and usability testing methods such as think-aloud and A/B testing. Students will also explore a range of user research methods, including card sorting, surveys, diary studies, and cultural probes, that provide insight into people's goals, activities, and problems related to the existing and future use of interactive technologies. The course will focus on planning and conducting research with stakeholders impacted by design and analyzing user data to define requirements for the design of interactive technologies that shape our experiences of work and social life.

ENGL 5391 Grants and Proposals for Nonprofits

Dr. Rich Rice
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 38968 / 36382)

Students in Grants and Proposals for Nonprofits will learn about the genre and process of writing grants and proposals. Topics will include understanding the process in the nonprofit community, locating funding opportunities, determining persuasive appeals, and writing and editing proposals. Students will be introduced to scholarship and research funding databases. Coursework will involve reading and writing and editing proposals. Writing grants and proposals in conjunction with community members will be required.

ENGL 5392 Teaching College Literature

Dr. Yuan Shu
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM (CRN: 45282 / 35494D)
Hybrid

How do we teach college literature in the age of globalization and AI technology? This course begins by reexamining various premises and debates that underlie the theory and practice of teaching college literature, from canon formation to cultural studies, from national literature to world literature. The focus of the course is placed on teaching methodology, which may encompass lecture, class discussion, class presentation, and writing workshop. Meanwhile, we also explore how technology can enhance our teaching experience by familiarizing ourselves with PowerPoint, Excel, Blackboard, wiki, and social media. We conclude by developing some hands-on experiences on creating syllabi, writing lesson plans, and grading student papers.

Requirements Fulfilled: Foundation course and Professional Development Course