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Graduate Course Offerings, Summer 2023

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.

Courses from previous semesters are archived here.

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Summer courses are over the summer long (10 weeks) session, and will run from Tuesday, May 30th to Wednesday, August 2nd.


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ENGL 5067 Methods of Teaching College Composition

Dr. Callie Kostelich
Asynchronous (CRN: 72247)

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 5315 Studies in British Fiction: Virginia Woolf

Dr. Jen Shelton
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Online CRN: 38971

Virginia Woolf was an important theorist and practitioner of modernism, as well as a key thinker in feminist theory. While she is too prolific a writer for us to read all of her work in a single summer, we can certainly hit the highlights of her fiction, essays, and ephemeral works. In doing so, we will think about movements of the early 20th century that continue to influence the way literature and culture work.

Requirements fulfilled: British Literature, Period: Later, Genre: Fiction or Non-fiction

ENGL 5317 Studies in Postcolonial Literature: Colonialism and Religion in Postcolonial Literature

Dr. Roger McNamara
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Online CRN: 71250

Culture is the fundamental means through which humans make sense of the world, and within culture, religion has often played an oversized role in helping humans understand their sense of self, their relations to other people, the various communities they belong to, and their place within the cosmos. Furthermore, religion has also played an extremely important role in conjunction with various political and social movements such as colonialism, nationalism, and civil rights. At times, these movements have used religion to empower or oppress people. At other times, people have used religion to challenge or question them. This course uses literature to examine religion's constrictive or liberatory stance in three broad contexts: a) the role of Christianity in the colonization of Nigeria, b) “weak” (postmodern) religious practices as a response to late 20th century nationalism in South Asia and c) the tense relationship between “strong” Christianity and political conflicts in the United States and Japan.

Requirements fulfilled: CLGT, Period: Later, Genre: Fiction

ENGL 5324 Studies in Twentieth-Century American Literature: Memoir, Trauma, and Ethics

Dr. Jessica E. Smith
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Online CRN: 74734

In The Art of Time in Memoir, Sven Birkerts wrote that the trauma memoir can be understood and analyzed as a bildungsroman – the story of a self-renewal through mortal circumstances. This course will explore the evolution of the trauma memoir in North America from the late 20th into the early 21st century, including texts by Terese Marie Mailhot, Tomás Q. Morín, Lacy M. Johnson, Michael Herr, Alison Bechdel, Bhanu Kapil, Melissa Febos, and Alexander Chee. Framing questions include: What are the ethics of recreating trauma on the page? How careful must we be with others whose stories we are also telling? And do we agree with Birkerts that the arc of a trauma memoir is similar to a coming-of-age, or are we identifying other hallmark characteristics of craft? In order to deepen our conversation, we will also incorporate poetry, painting, craft essays, video art, and TikToks.

Students will be expected to complete a short project and class presentation on one of the memoirs, a 5–7 page midterm paper reflecting on and synthesizing two of the memoirs, and a final project based on their own proposal.

Requirements fulfilled: American Literature, Period: Later, Genre: Non-fiction

ENGL 5327 Studies in Multicultural American Literature: Native American Literatures

Dr. Sara Spurgeon
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Online CRN: 74510

This course will explore creative and scholarly works in a variety of genres (short stories, novels, film/television, and comics) by Native American authors and artists from the 1970's to today. Among the goals we'll work towards 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; LSJE

ENGL 5351 Studies in Film and Literature: New Hollywood Cinema

Dr. Ben Rogerson
Mondays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Online CRN: 75210

This course will examine New Hollywood cinema, or the period that roughly spans the 1960s and 1970s. In particular, the course will focus on how film style and narration in New Hollywood cinema register the complex economic, institutional, and demographic changes that were disrupting business inthe film industry. These drastic changes led to a number of critical questions about New Hollywood cinema: How does the cultural status of film as a medium change in this era? How do filmmakers reconsider filmmaking as a type of labor? How does the corporate reorganization of the industry push films to conceive the relationship between money and art in new ways? Assigned films include The Apartment (Wilder, 1960), Easy Rider (Hopper, 1969), Wanda (Loden, 1970), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), and Killer of Sheep (Burnett, 1978). Students will be introduced to a broad range of films, 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: Later, Genre: FMS

ENGL 5375 Document Design

Dr. Jason Tham
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Online CRN: 75393

This course covers fundamental principles of document and information design. Over the course of the semester students will learn practical and theoretical skills related to desktop publishing, visual communication, and publication production. Using industry-standard software applications, students will learn to create, from scratch, visually attractive and functional documents that are used across academic, scientific, technological, and general business contexts.

ENGL 5377 Special Topics: Entrepreneurialism & Digital Tools

Dr. Will Streit
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Online CRN: 35331

While large corporations may have more functional specialization and established systems, smaller companies can present intriguing opportunities to apply agility and invention. How can technical communicators operate in an entrepreneurial environment and how might conditions differ from a well-established corporation? Considerations might include: technical communicators' connection to business goals, their role responsibilities, how they develop content strategies, their content delivery tactics, and the ethical considerations they must make.

This course will examine technical communication through the lifecycle of a company, with a particular focus on early-stage startups and nonprofits. Emerging business concepts such as product-led growth are placing new demands on technical communicators, and this shift can be magnified in organizations which are earlier in the corporate lifecycle. This course will also explore the role digital communication may play in an entrepreneurial environment, and whether it can amplify the impact of a company's internal and external communication.

The class will blend academic theory with contemporary corporate examples—analyzing real-world digital assets and approaches from companies across industries. Students will also have the opportunity to create a digital asset aligned with the medium and industry of their interests.

ENGL 5384 Rhetoric of Scientific Literature

Dr. Scott Weedon
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Online CRN: 72186

In this class we will ask, what are the contributions of rhetoric to the work and understanding of science? How does rhetoric motivate, disseminate, and create the conditions for scientific knowledge? In what way is science rhetorical? The course will begin with answers to these foundational questions by looking at research of scientific texts and practices. Having established a basis for understanding the relations between rhetoric and science, the class will then focus on public science communication. We will focus on the way science is presented to the public, the kind of relationship that that presentation creates between science and the public, and strategies for creating a more democratic and participatory approach to engaging with science. This class includes a scaffolded project where students first research a current scientific or medical topic and then write a literature review of that topic summarizing the state of the art. Then, students will perform an audience analysis of who could benefit from the research they have reviewed. Students will not only identify possible stakeholders and interested parties, but additionally, compose an information design plan detailing genres and modalities that would not only reach, but make the biggest impact on possible audiences. A final deliverable will be a visualization of that plan.

ENGL 5390 Writing for Publication

Dr. TJ Geiger
Mondays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Online CRN: 36632

The goal of this graduate course is for students to prepare a manuscript for submission to a scholarly journal, or to advance another professional manuscript for publication.

I highly recommended that you select a project before the semester begins, since the ultimate goal is to revise a manuscript for a suitable publication venue. We will discuss how article writing differs from writing for other scholarly and professional genres, including seminar papers, dissertation chapters, book reviews, book chapters/edited collections, and scholarly monographs.

Students will learn how to plan longer projects, decide where to submit a manuscript, and respond to reviewer feedback. We will analyze both published work and drafts in earlier stages (and the connections between them).