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Graduate Course Offerings, Fall 2023

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ENGL 5067, Methods of Teaching College Composition (MA & PhD)

Dr. Callie Kostelich
MA students = 5067.001; Mondays, 12:00 - 1:20 PM; CRN 39490; onsite
PhD students = 5067.002; Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:20 PM; CRN 39984; onsite
3rd credit hour for 2nd PhDs = 5067.D01; CRN 40594; asynchronous

This course is designed as a practicum for GPTI teaching first-year writing at Texas Tech University. This course will introduce teachers to methods and practices of teaching writing and provide scaffolding for their first three semesters teaching first-year writing. We will use class time to discuss teaching activities, to introduce you to theories of learning, writing, and rhetoric, to solve problems related to teaching and learning, and to help you build your teaching philosophy.

ENGL 5302, Translating Middle English Literature

Dr. Julie Nelson Couch
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Hybrid CRN: 38597 / 44117D

This course introduces students to the grammar, syntax, vocabulary, phonology, and prosody of Middle English. This course also introduces students to Middle English manuscript studies. The term Middle English encompasses an array of regional dialects that coexisted in England roughly between the Norman Conquest in 1066 and the standardization of English in 1430. Class time will be spent translating and pronouncing Middle English, transcribing from manuscript facsimiles, and discussing related issues in translation, manuscript context, and literary interpretation. By the end of the course, students will be able to comprehend and read aloud Middle English poetry that ranges widely in dialect, form, and genre. This course will be of interest to literature students as well as to linguistics and creative writing students interested in form, prosody, book history, and the theory and praxis of translation, and getting to read some outlandish poetry! This course also serves as the prerequisite for the spring ENGL 5303 Medieval British Literature course; 5302 will prepare students to study a Middle English corpus (such as the Canterbury Tales, the Gawain poems, Arthurian romances, or another set of poems) in the spring. Taking this Middle English sequence (both courses) fulfills one language requirement.

Requirements fulfilled: Philology Sequence for Foreign Language Requirement; British Literature; Period: Early; Genre: Poetry; BHDH; MRSC

ENGL 5305, Studies in Shakespeare: Shakespearean Self-Fashionings

Dr. Matthew Hunter
Mondays, 2:00 – 4:50 PM
Hybrid CRN: 37202 / 40762D

Four decades after the publication of Stephen Greenblatt's landmark Renaissance Self-Fashioning, this course aims to reappraise a topic that has long fascinated scholars of Shakespeare's works: the historical emergence of a modern subjectivity, indeed of selfhood as such. How do Shakespeare's works confirm this narrative, and how do they trouble it? By a similar token, how do the historical conditions of the period known as the Renaissance confirm or undermine such narratives? When, for that matter, is the self autonomous of history, and when is it the product of history? To what extent do our own liberal conceptions of selfhood exclude versions of selfhood that get elaborated by Shakespeare's poetry and plays? This course will set out to answer such questions by combining close readings of Shakespeare's texts (such as Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Venus and Adonis, and the sonnets) with secondary historical documents and important, critical readings. Over the course of the semester, our readings will consider selfhood from a variety of intellectual perspectives, drawing upon psychoanalysis, queer theory, performance studies, and of course, the new historicism, in order to think about just what a self is—both for ourselves and for the Shakespearean texts we read. Students will be expected to give oral presentations throughout the term, and to write research papers of 18–20 pages.

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

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

Dr. Marjean D. Purinton
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Online CRN: 45281

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, and 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 and policing reforms, social justice inequities, the #MeToo Movement, civil unrest portrayed in movies such as She Said (2022) about the Harvey Weinstein scandal and Women Talking (2023) about sexual assaults on women.

Requirements fulfilled: British Literature; Period: Later; Genre: Fiction or Drama; LSJE

ENGL 5325, Studies in American Fiction: Nomadology in the Novels of Melville and Twain

Dr. John Samson
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Online CRN: 45292

In this course we will examine major novels of Herman Melville and Mark Twain in light of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's theory of nomadology (in Nomadology: The War Machine), a strategy and practice of opposition to and deconstruction of conventional ideologies. Over the semester we will follow the parallel novelistic careers of Melville and Twain as they develop their concerns with some of the major issues in nineteenth-century America. Both novelists engage with and critique: capitalism and social class, in Redburn and The Prince and the Pauper; race and authority, in Moby-Dick and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; and cultural change and destruction, in Pierre; or, The Ambiguities and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Finally, as somewhat of a metafictional conclusion to their careers, they produce apocalyptic, experimental fictions, The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade and No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger.

Requirements fulfilled: American Literature; Period: Early; Genre: Fiction

ENGL 5327, Studies in Multicultural American Literature: Contemporary Native American Literature

Dr. Sara Spurgeon
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Online CRN: 41068

This course will explore creative and scholarly works in 20th and 21st century Indigenous and Native American literature. We will read novels, a semi-fictional memoir, and graphic narratives/comics along with extensive scholarship. All our primary texts are created by Native American, First Nations, indigenous authors and/or artists from somewhere in the Americas. Among the goals we will work toward are: Identifying what we mean by “indigenous” and what are some characteristics of indigenous literatures; gaining a more complicated understanding of and appreciation for the diversity and complexity of Native American intellectual and cultural productions; developing a historically-nuanced grasp of some of the major issues, questions, and concerns that run throughout Indian Country today, specifically the relationship between cultural production, federal policies, and contemporary movements toward Native sovereignty and self-determination; consistently work to hone close, critical reading skills applicable to a variety of mediums, forms, genres, and intellectual/professional contexts; develop capacities to engage in thoughtful, critical debate around questions of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, citizenship, and belonging.

Requirements fulfilled: American Literature; Period: Later; Genre: Fiction or Film; LSJE; FMS

ENGL 5338, Syntax

Dr. Min-Joo Kim
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:50 PM
Hybrid CRN: 18687 / 46301D

Syntax is a sub-discipline of linguistics that is concerned with sentence structure, that is, how various types of phrases are combined to yield grammatical sentences. This course aims to introduce fundamental principles of theoretical syntax and prepare students to take more advanced courses in syntax, or apply the acquired knowledge to conduct research in other related disciplines (e.g., semantics/pragmatics, language acquisition/teaching, literary studies, philosophy of language, cognition).

Students will learn about (i) how to analyze morpho-syntactic data drawn from various unrelated languages; (ii) how to formulate plausible hypotheses based on linguistic data; and (iii) how to compare and evaluate different theories or hypotheses.

Classes will be organized around lectures and discussions on select topics, which will include but will not be limited to: (i) syntactic categories; (ii) phrase structure rules; (iii) X-bar syntax; (iv) Case; and (v) wh-movement.

This course can be taken by anyone interested in language and linguistics; that is, no prior knowledge of linguistics or syntax will be required.

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

ENGL 5340, Research Methods

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

""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

ENGL 5340, Research Methods

Dr. Wyatt Phillips
Tuesdays, 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Onsite CRN: 32191

This seminar introduces incoming MA students to a range of research methods and methodologies utilized in humanities-based studies, including the vast array of digital, material, and archival resources available to researchers. The course focuses on the process of research in order to better prepare students for the kind of work expected at the graduate level. Students will develop a significant research project in their selected area of specialization that will include a book review, annotated bibliography, conference-length presentation, and research paper. This section is reserved primarily for new onsite MA students.

Requirements fulfilled: Foundation Course

ENGL 5341, Histories and Theories of the Book

Dr. Marta Kvande
Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:50 PM
Hybrid CRN: 40758 / 37204D

This course begins with an overview of material text production across history and cultures, examining early writing and publishing technologies. We'll move through the transition from scribal to print cultures and the hand press period, through the nineteenth-century industrialization of print, and end with digital texts. Students will learn about the relationships between texts and their material embodiments, from stone to screen, papyrus to paper, codex to Kindle. Throughout the course we will also consider books (or scrolls, or a stylus, or a ball-point pen, or a printing press, etc.) as technologies, and study them within the context of current theories of technology and culture. As part of the course, students will pay particular attention to post-1700 British reading and publishing practices in relation to specific texts like Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy and Graham Rawle's Woman's World. A primary principle of this course will also be learning by doing in a hands-on way. Students will have the opportunity to work with Special Collections materials, work in the English department Letterpress Studio, and engage with a variety of technologies of textual production.

Requirements fulfilled: Core requirement for BHDH Certificate; British Literature; Period: Later; Genre: Fiction

ENGL 5342, Critical Methods: Cultural Studies, Literary Theories, Readings

Dr. Scott Baugh
Mondays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Hybrid CRN: 14996 / 40755D

“Critical Methods” is a graduate course designed to survey a range of approaches to reading texts critically. Bring in theory explicitly, some naively assume, and you lose the so-called magic of reading; however, theory is always already there. We may gain from being fully aware of our discursive approaches to reading texts, our critical methods, and deliberate in articulating them as such, as methodology statements. Our group will compare APA and MLA industry standards; traverse relevant fields in ‘English Studies'; and explore recognized ‘schools' of criticism predominant over the last four decades or so; and yet, we will place emphases on significant patterns within, across, and among these models. Our aims and objectives will emphasize professional development. We'll use one required book, Culler's Literary Theory from the outstanding Oxford-VSI series, and an electronic reserve of readings in OneDrive. Formal requirements: assigned readings & several in-class ‘teaching demo' presentations; one short (5–7 pp.) research essay; one class research presentation; and scaffolding through these assignments, one culminating article-length (19+ pp.) article/seminar paper. A course-long ‘journal' will track lessons over the term and be the basis of a final exam. It's also likely we will take advantage of some asynch activities in Blackboard.

Requirement fulfilled: Foundation Course

ENGL 5351, Studies in Film and Literature: Film Noir and Global Crime Cinema

Dr. Allison Whitney
Wednesdays, 2:00 – 4:50 PM
Onsite CRN: 41983

This course will focus on film noir and crime cinema as phenomena that grow out of intercultural and cross-cultural relationships among film industries, audiences, and critics. Students will develop skills in both formal analysis and historical research that are specific to film studies, and learn how film aesthetics, narrative structures, technologies, performance styles, and institutions (from censorship boards to award shows) reflect and communicate cultural norms and social hierarchies. Focusing primarily on the intersections of major film industries, including the US, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Hong Kong, topics will include the influence of German lighting techniques in American film noir, the role of French film criticism in establishing genre definitions, the global presence of Hong Kong fight choreography, and the ways cross-cultural remakes transform the conventions of national cinemas.

Requirements fulfilled: FMS; Period: Later; Genre: Film

ENGL 5354, Doctoral Research and Critical Methods in English

Dr. Elissa Zellinger
Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:50 AM
Onsite CRN: 44773

*1st Year PhD students in LCWL only* 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 5361, Intro to Rhetorical Theory (aka, Theories of Invention in Writing)

Dr. David Roach
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid CRNs: 37087/37091

The course explores classical and modern theories of rhetoric. Aristotle defined rhetoric as the art of finding the best available means of persuasion. The course will examine a survey of rhetorical theory from the Sophists, Greeks, Romans, Medieval theologians, Enlightenment scholars, and modern-day scholars. Special attention will be given to how rhetoric functioned in historical periods and how it functions today.

ENGL 5363, Research Methods in TCR

Dr. Michael Faris
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid CRNs: 15059/15066

English 5363, Research Methods in Technical Communication and Composition, will introduce you to a variety of research methods and methodologies used in composition and rhetoric and technical communication research. While this course does serve as an overview, we will concentrate primarily on work that has influenced our broad field of TC/writing studies. The work you do in this course will give you an orientation that will prove to be valuable as you select further research courses from which you will ground your dissertation research or other future research. In subsequent, more focused research courses, you'll build upon the overview knowledge base you'll get in 5363.

The course relies on the assumption that research is intimately related to context, theory, and practice, and that all research—quantitative, qualitative, or mixed—is an act of collecting, interpreting, and representing information best designed to answer (or address) research questions. Throughout the course, we will explore the implications of these assumptions, test their applicability to specific research methodologies, and look for common ways in which they shape the work of researchers using different research methods and approaches. Our central questions for this course will be “What constitutes a good, workable research question?” and “How do I select the best method(s) to answer that question?” As a participant in this class, you will critically read texts on conducting research, evaluate existing research, and conduct your own research on a limited basis, and these experiences will enable you to address the central questions from an informed perspective.

ENGL 5363, Research Methods in TCR

Dr. Jason Tham
Mondays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid CRNs: 46759/32537

This course prepares graduate students to conduct original research by focusing on four key components of scholarly research in technical communication and rhetoric (TCR): 1) understanding the discourse community(ies) of TCR, 2) formulating research parameters by scoping and defining a study; 3) determining sampling, data collection, and data analysis techniques; and 4) designing appropriate ways to interpret and present research findings. Students will be introduced to and practice qualitative and quantitative research methods. Students will examine the rhetorical nature of methodological philosophy and choices and will expand their research network.

ENGL 5365, Composing Histories of Writing

Dr. TJ Geiger
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid CRNs: 46383/46384

What stories from the recent or distant past need to be written? What materials can help us write those stories for various audiences? What do these histories tell us about the nature, function, and purposes of writing, rhetoric, and technical communication? For example, what can a trunk of family memorabilia tell us about identification in mid-twentieth century activist movements? How might documents from an organization's filing cabinet reveal patterns of knowledge work in moments of transition? How might 1920s campus newspapers provide insights into the literate learning experiences of students when few classroom artifacts remain?

In this course, we will 1) learn about and conduct historical research related to our professional or academic goals; 2) practice some of the methods and methodologies for researching the history of rhetoric, writing, and technical communication; and 3) examine academic, community, corporate, governmental, religious, digital, family, or organizational archives (archives may contain such materials as documents, objects, or oral histories). We will also explore different aspects of historical and archival research and thinking: conducting ethical research, accessing archives, locating documents, interpreting findings, and putting materials in context.

Based on research with selected archives, course projects may focus on individuals, genres, events, organizations, rhetorical practices, or pedagogies. We will also consider how to use historical research with varied audiences, such as researchers, local institutions, companies, and professional associations.

ENGL 5370, Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction

Dr. Jill Patterson
Mondays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Hybrid CRN: 15198 / 45291D

There are two charges often hurled against historical fiction: it is both a formal and psychological impossibility—because when fiction takes history as its subject, the text necessarily becomes a blend of fact and speculation and an imaginary retelling of a dead person's perspective. If not managed skillfully, the rendering is more like an absurd reenactment festival—men dressed up in old military garb and performing long-ago battles or women wearing hoop skirts and making soap or candles. Why do fiction writers refuse to let the dead rest in peace? It's all humbug, Henry James once proclaimed.

Essayists and memoirists and biographers—they revive the past as well. They gather artifacts, documents, data, photographs, testimonies, and memories then stitch them together into story, the thread of their own making.

Imagination is the location at which historic fiction and nonfiction converge, a space they share in the Venn diagram that represents the various forms of prose. This workshop will focus on this shared space—how both fiction and nonfiction writers transform research into drama, incorporating factual details but also speculating to flesh out the tapestry. We will talk about the reasons writers borrow from history, how they go about conducting historic research, how they use fact to develop characters and setting, what happens to concepts of plot when it's based on fact, what ethical lines are involved in this process, how these efforts are often a form of protest or dissent, how such texts can even incorporate the surreal, and which publishers accept and curate historic fiction or speculative nonfiction.

We will begin the semester reading several individual stories and essays, and then move into studying seven to eight books from the following list: Ayad Akhtar, Homeland Elegies; Jo Ann Beard, Festival Days; Adam Braver, November 22, 1963; Lindsay Drager, The Archive of Alternate Endings; Thalia Field, Experimental Animals; Shannon Gibney, The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be; Alicia Kopf, Brother in Ice; Leah Myer, Thinning Blood; Sheila O'Connor, Evidence of V.; Julia Otsuka, Buddha in the Attic, and/or Sarah Schmidt, See What I Have Done. Students should check the Follett Discover link inside their Blackboard accounts to see what texts I ultimately select, which they should purchase before class begins in the fall.

Students will each write either three historic stories OR three essays grounded in both historic research and speculation, which they will gather into a chapbook ready for submission by the end of the semester.

Requirements fulfilled: Creative Writing Workshop; Genre: Fiction; Period: Later

ENGL 5370, Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry

Dr. William Wenthe
Mondays, 9:00 – 11:50 AM
Hybrid CRN: 15196 / 40760D

ENGL 5370 is defined as a writing workshop, and indeed we will discuss new poems and revisions closely. The class will also take on something of the “Form and Theory” class in the simple sense that in order to write well we must read well, and, as writers, we need to read in the craft, a word that returns us to our original metaphor of the workshop. Expect to turn in new writing at least every other week; expect each week to discuss readings old and new, and highly varied. Your own input and choice of readings is welcomed. Emphasis is always on your own poems, with the aim of expanding and understanding the aesthetic and strategy of your work. “Text” comes from “textile,” and the working of poetry relies on the same principle that a textile, if it's going to be worth anything, needs to hang together in some way.

Requirements are diligence, which at its root means to love and take delight in doing; a final portfolio of seven finished poems; a prose statement setting out your aesthetics, strategies, questions, obsessions, etc.; and complete attendance. Persons attending online are required to tune in from a physical space that is akin to the classroom: quiet, no distractions or other people, dedicated to the purpose, and cameras on all the time. (Pets allowed, as long as it's not a cockatoo.)

Requirements fulfilled: Creative Writing Workshop; Genre: Poetry; Period: Later

ENGL 5371, Foundations of TCR

Intructor TBA
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid CRNs: 15203/37105

[Instructor is TBA. Course will cover the same material as Wednesday section (refer below).]

ENGL 5371, Foundations of TCR

Dr. Scott Weedon
Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:50 PM
Hybrid CRNs: 46760/32543

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. MA students can expect to find resources for framing their master's portfolios. PhD students can expect to receive from the class many texts to help populate their exam reading lists.

ENGL 5377, Special Topics: Projecting Corporate Identity Through Tech Comm

Dr. Will Streit
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid CRNs: 15293/15298

From the smallest startups to the largest international conglomerates, every business has a corporate identity. More than just an image or a brand, corporate identity reflects how internal and external audiences perceive the company. Great technical communicators understand, influence, and project corporate identity—actively weaving it in artifacts across the business. Through the lens of corporate identity, this course will illustrate how technical writing ties into the broader themes of the business. Students will gain insight into the wide array of writing where technical communication has value, such as product blogs, white papers, annual reports, and acquisition pitch decks. Leveraging cross-discipline research, students will analyze current artifacts from leading companies. Assignments will include identifying industry examples, analyzing business documents, and representative writing. Each student will select a company and critique how its corporate identity is embodied across its technical writing.

ENGL 5380, Special Topics in Literary Studies: Afro-Asian Solidarity - Literatures of Decolonization

Dr. Nesrine Chahine
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Hybrid CRN: 33027 / 37206D

The middle decades of the twentieth century were marked by the simmering tensions of the Cold War as well as the revolutionary energies of anti-colonial movements across the African and Asian continents. Moving between a long history of empire and more contemporary forms of imperialist globalization, this seminar examines the rise and legacy of Afro-Asian solidarity movements in the 1950s and 60s. We will read literary and critical texts by prominent African and Asian anti-colonial thinkers who contributed to the Afro-Asian Writer's Union journal such as Abdel-Aziz El-Ahwani, Abdel-Rahman al-Sharqawi, Yehia Haqqi, Breyten Breytenbach, and Peter Abrahams alongside scholarly work by Samir Amin, Edward Said, Laleh Khalili, Vijay Prashad, Christopher Lee, and Andrew Rubin in order to gain a better understanding of the impact of these forces on the cultural and literary output of decolonizing nations. We will further consider how these texts draw on literary forms to convey the lived experience of a global modernity shaped by the twin forces of anti-colonial revolution and imperialist globalization. What lessons do they teach us about our contemporary struggles and about global solidarity? How do the literatures of the Global South challenge some of the assumptions of Cold War historiography and nationalist discourses?

Requirements fulfilled: CLGT; Period: Later; Genres: Fiction or Non-Fiction

ENGL 5386, Written Discourse Social Issues

Dr. Lisa Phillips
Mondays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid CRNs: 35501/46381

Weltanschauung refers to sense perception of the world, and philosophers have interpreted it as a kind of contemplative intuition that the world gifts to our senses. Weltanschauung is built in and from webs of relation. Over time the meaning shifted to include an intellectual and intuitive concept we have of the broader universe. Simply put, the word references a more holistic approach to thinking about our relationships with the environment. Western cultures tend to separate people from the environment, and Indigenous cultures tend to view the environment as living kin, which extends to a sense of weltanschauung. The difference between Western and many Indigenous points of view is ontological and epistemological, which involves questions of “being” and “knowing.”

In this course we'll examine environmental rhetoric and environmental justice as overlapping areas of scholarly inquiry and as organizing principles for socio-political action from a range of Western and non-western approaches. We'll consider how racism, sexism, class, colonialism, and more in the United States and abroad frame the intellectual, political, and technical communication inquiries surrounding global heating (climate change) and other environmental concerns. Students will encounter a variety of materials including scholarly research, investigative reporting, memoir, activist rhetoric, and cultural products at the intersections of race, gender, class, environmentalism, and organizing for change. At the center of course inquiry are questions about rhetoric, sustainability, justice, class, race, gender, and political power.

ENGL 5388, User Experience Research

Dr. Rob Grace
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid CRNs: 37088/35503

This course introduces foundational approaches to UX research: the systematic study of user behaviors and needs to design technologies that people find useful and desirable. Students will learn and practice field research methods such as contextual inquiry, inspection methods such as cognitive walkthroughs, and usability testing methods such as think-aloud testing. Students will also explore other methods, including diary studies, cultural probes, and speculative enactments, that can provide insight into people's goals, activities, and needs in existing and hypothetical use contexts. To communicate insights from a semester research project that will employ these methods, students will develop user personas, use case scenarios, and usability test reports. Overall, the course will explore how researchers can study users' experiences with technology to gather insights that improve design processes.

ENGL 5391, Grants and Proposals (Non-Profits)

Dr. Rich Rice
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid CRNs: 38968/36382

Technical communicators and educators see problems in their communities that require sophisticated plans to solve. Such problems often require additional funding and resources or a plan of action which involves formative and summative assessment measurements, including in our work with nonprofits. In this course you will learn rhetorical processes of grant seeking from identifying a problem, to coming up with an idea to solve the problem, to making sure the idea furthers the mission of the organization, to finding potential sponsors, to planning and developing a proposal. The goal of the course, in other words, is to define objectives and then to turn those objectives into outcomes.

ENGL 5392, Teaching College Literature: Teaching Without Borders: Literature, Culture, Practice

Dr. Kanika Batra
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Hybrid CRN: 45282 / 35494D

We live in times when disciplinary boundaries are being breached in English departments across the United States. Our teaching of literature must necessarily reckon both with the particularities of our discipline and the generalities of our students' and institutional expectations. This course will begin with an overview of some of the borders and boundaries we encounter while teaching: between different temporal and geographical ‘areas' of literary study; literature, culture, and criticism; ‘high' and ‘popular' literary forms; delivering and receiving learning; and the theories and practices of teaching.

Beginning with bell hooks's manifestoes on teaching critical thinking, moving on to models of cross-cultural teaching, and concluding with some recent examples of how cultural analysis can be successfully deployed in the college literature classroom via Jack Halberstam, Jodie Archer, and Matthew Jockers, this course will help prepare you to be effective teachers through four broad areas: a) theoretical: an overview of the history of literary studies so that you can more consciously position yourselves as teachers in relation (or in opposition) to it; b) practical: exploring the different methodologies such as lecturing, discussions, and workshops; c) use of technology: becoming familiar with PowerPoint, Excel, and various learning management systems used by institutions; and d) hands-on experience: creating syllabi, developing lesson plans, teaching philosophies, grading papers, and visiting your professors' classrooms.

Required Texts:

  • Elaine Showalter. Teaching Literature. Wiley-Blackwell, 2002.
  • Jack Halberstam, Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal. Beacon Press, 2012.
  • bell hooks, Teaching Critical Thinking. Routledge, 2010. (Please don't buy, available to read from the library)
  • Jodie Archer and Matthew Jockers, The Bestseller Code. Penguin, 2016.
  • David Damrosch, Comparing the Literatures: Literary Studies in a Global Age. Princeton University Press, 2020. (Please don't buy, available to read from the library)

Requirements fulfilled: PhD Foundation Course