Texas Tech University

Graduate Course Offerings, Fall 2024

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 5067, Methods of Teaching College Composition

5067 sections are required for onsite GPTIs. Enroll in the section based on your program/year.

Note: Online students/non-GPTIs are not permitted to enroll in these courses. These sections are integrally linked to the work GPTIs do in our First-Year Writing

IMPORTANT: This is a “variable credit” course and will require you to assign the number of credit hours you need when you register. This course should count for 1 credit hour each. Instructions for changing variable credit hours are linked here.

MA 1st Year

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

This course is designed as a practicum for 1st year MATC GPTIs 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.

PhD 1st Year

Dr. Callie Kostelich
Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:20 PM
Onsite (CRN: 47323)

This course is designed as a practicum for 1st year TCR PhD GPTIs 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.

MA & PhD 2nd Year

Dr. Callie Kostelich
Online (CRN: 40594)

This course is designed as a practicum for 2nd year MATC and TCR PhD GPTIs 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. [Note: If you took this over the summer, you do not need to register for it again.]

ENGL 5301, Old English Language

Dr. Brian McFadden
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid (CRN: 47464 / 47465D)

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 2025 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 to be delivered via Blackboard.

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

ENGL 5306, Studies in Seventeenth-Century British Literature: Japanese Haiku and English Sonnets, Bashō and Shakespeare

Dr. Ryan Hackenbracht
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid (CRN: 47455 / 47456D)

This course is a comparative study of the haiku and sonnet traditions in Japan and England, respectively, as perfected by Matsuo Bashō (1644-94) and William Shakespeare (1564-1616). Innovative and even iconoclastic for their day, Bashō and Shakespeare wrote poetry as no one had done before, and the fruit of their labors is evident in the ubiquity of haiku and sonnets today—without question, the most recognizable poetic forms in the world. But what made the craft of these two poets so unique and compelling? How did Bashō and Shakespeare reinvent—and in some cases subvert—the literary materials they inherited? How did they navigate the complex relationship between religious thought and aesthetics—a relationship that, whether in Protestant England or Buddhist Japan, was fraught with nuance and even danger?

While our focus will be the haiku of Bashō and the sonnets of Shakespeare, we will also become acquainted with the literary and religious contexts of their work. Thus, readings will include writings by Zen master Dogen and on Shintoism, as well as the haiku of Yosa Buson and Kobayashi Issa; additionally, we will read sonnets by Philip Sidney and Edmund Spenser, psalm translations by Mary Sidney, and select sermons by Martin Luther and John Donne.

Final research papers will be on a subject of your choice and within your own discipline (Linguistics, Creative Writing, etc.). Additional assignments will include an annotated bibliography and a brief conference-style presentation of your work. Requirements fulfilled: British Literature; Period: Early; Genre: Poetry

ENGL 5323, Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Gender and Class in the Gilded Age

Dr. John Samson
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Online (CRN: 47457)

In 1873 Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner coined the term “The Gilded Age,” which would come to characterize American society in the last three decades of the nineteenth century. The obsession with wealth and its ostentatious display gave rise to a literature that was highly critical of the resulting problems in gender roles, social class, and political corruption. To explore these issues, we will begin with readings from two theoretical works from 1899, Thorstein Veblen's The Theory of the Leisure Class and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Women and Economics. Then we will read and discuss novels ranging across this period, which will include: Horatio Alger's Ragged Dick, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's The Silent Partner, Henry Adams's Democracy, Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, William Dean Howells's A Hazard of New Fortunes, Sarah Orne Jewett's The Country of the Pointed Firs, Harold Frederic's The Damnation of Theron Ware, and Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth.

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

ENGL 5326, Portfolio (Formerly ENGL 5000)

Dr. Beau Pihlaja
Online (CRN: 37041)

ENGL 5326 (formerly ENGL 5000) is an MATC portfolio seminar that fulfills MATC students' capstone requirement. MATC students pursuing the portfolio option for their degree will develop their portfolio in this course under the direction of TTU TCR faculty.

Successful completion of ENGL 5326 will meet the "Comprehensive Exam" MATC requirement. The Portfolio option requires students to complete 33 hours of graduate courses in technical communication and electives or a minor, and ENGL 5326 MATC Portfolio Capstone for a total of 36 hours.

The goal of the capstone is to help each student end the course with a digital, web-based portfolio that shows what he/she has done in the Master's program at TTU. The portfolio is written for an authentic audience and should prepare students to enter industry by showcasing their skills.

ENGL 5337, Studies in Linguistics: Meaning and Structure of Definite Expressions

Dr. Min-Joo Kim
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:50 PM
Hybrid (CRN: 47458 / 47460D)

Not all human languages have definite articles (e.g., English “the”) but all languages have demonstratives (e.g., English “this”, “that”). The absence of definite articles in more than half of the world's languages raises the question of how they express various definite meanings that English “the” would express. In addition, it raises the question of why languages like English have demonstratives, in addition to the definite article. In this course, we'll be addressing these questions by looking at the meaning and structure of various types of definite expressions drawn from several unrelated languages. Along the way, we will also learn about the distributional differences between “the” and “that” and the emotive functions of demonstratives in human language. This course does not require any prior knowledge of linguistics and will be useful to anyone interested in human language and linguistics.

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

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

Dr. Fareed Ben-Youssef
Mondays, 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 an MA degree 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 students in English while also providing a strong base in research methods for students working across the humanities.

Requirements fulfilled: Foundation Course (English MA)

ENGL 5342, Critical Methods

Dr. Matthew Hunter
Mondays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid (CRN: 14996 / 40755D)

This course is an introduction to some of the major movements in literary criticism over the last one hundred or so years (a period that overlaps with but also precedes the institution of the English Department as we know it). As such, our readings will not generally be of literary texts, but of texts about reading literary texts, the function of which is to generate frames for construing the densely aestheticized yet notoriously unstable shifters that we call literature (or theater, or film). Our mission will be to understand and to synthesize these various critical frames, for reasons both intellectual and practical. Intellectual because our readings furnish us with tools—always imperfect—for better apprehending our objects of study. Practical because engaging in some form with major movements in literary theory is a requisite component of compelling scholarship.

Over the course of this semester, our readings will vary considerably. They range across critical movements, historical periods, and political and philosophical concerns. Sometimes, accordingly, our discussions will focus on matters of form; at other moments, our attention will shift to the intersections between history and literature. But if there is a unifying theme, it is the long and still-developing effort of thinkers to account for the enduring strangeness of literature, whose forms and meanings are never quite what we expect.

Requirement fulfilled: Foundation Course (English MA)

ENGL 5351, Studies in Film & Media: Native American and Indigenous Cinemas

Dr. Allison Whitney
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid (CRN: 47466 / 41970D)

This course will focus on the work of Indigenous film and media artists from Native American, First Nations, and Inuit communities. Topics will include expressions of Native epistemologies through film, Indigenous Futurism, genres including horror and the Western, documentary and ethnography, relationships with state media agencies (particularly the National Film Board of Canada), media and activism, and language revitalization projects. Incorporating a broad historical scope from the silent era to the present, the course will include works by Jeff Barnaby (Mi'kmaq), Chris Eyre (Cheyenne and Arapaho), Nyla Innukshuk (Inuk), Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki), and Jeffrey Palmer (Kiowa), among many others. Course activities will be planned in connection with the Humanities Center's 2024-25 theme of “Celebrating Indigenous Resilience and Cultural Survival: Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Red River War.”

Requirement Fulfilled: Genre: Film; Graduate Certificate in Indigenous and Native American Studies

ENGL 5354, Doctoral Research and Critical Methods in English

Dr. Wyatt Phillips
Mondays, 9:00 - 11:50 AM
Onsite (CRN: 44773)

Note: 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 doctoral study. Students will begin the process of marking out a field and methodology for doctoral research, which will include compiling bibliographies for their three areas of study for their PhD qualifying exam reading lists.

Requirements fulfilled: PhD Foundation Course (LCWL)

ENGL 5355, Studies in Comparative Literature: Re-enchantment in the Secular Age

Dr. Roger McNamara
Thursdays, 2:00 - 4:50 PM
Hybrid (CRN: 47462 / 48287D)

According to the political philosopher Charles Taylor, we live in a secular world. By this, he means that over the span of 300-400 years the (European) world has undergone a huge transformation from believing in God to believing that God and religion are options among many (including atheism) that one can choose from. While some critics have celebrated this change, others (including Taylor) have acknowledged that this has resulted in a loss on “enchantment”. If the enchanted world was one in which God existed alongside ghosts, demons, angels, magic, mystery, and wonder, the “disenchanted” world has reduced the earth to a dead space ruled by a set of mechanical and rational principles that define and determine life. It is a world devoid of wonder, beauty, and mystery.

Critics, deeply influenced by Taylor, have taken up the problem with disenchantment and have tried to explore how we can re-enchant this world. While some of have called for a renewal of religion and faith, others have seen art, philosophy, and music as forms of “secular enchantment.” Still others have sought to re-enchant the world by recognizing the “call” of inanimate objects and the environment. Finally, scholars who are atheists too have been rethinking enchantment as a means to recognize the mystery and the beauty of life.

This course will examine the variety of ways in which our modern generation has attempted to re-enchant the world. We'll be using a comparative framework—reading texts (primarily fiction and critical theory) from across the world to explore how different theorists across a broad spectrum of political and ideological beliefs have grappled with this issue of re-enchantment.

Possible texts:

    • Selections from A Secular Age (Charles Taylor)
    • Selections from Vibrant Mattes or The Enchantment of Modern Life (Jane Bennett)
    • Selections from Darwin Loves You (George Levine)
    • Anil's Ghost (Michael Ondaatje)
    • The Hungry Tide (Amitav Ghosh)
    • Death and the King's Horseman (Wole Soyinka)

Assignments include: short paper (7-8 pages), final paper (15-20 pages), and two presentations.

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

ENGL 5361, Intro to Rhetorical Theory (aka Theories of Invention)

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

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. TJ Geiger
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid (CRN: 15059 / 15066D)

Survey of research methods in technical communication, rhetoric, and composition studies with emphasis on current research trends.

ENGL 5364, History of Rhetoric

Dr. Lisa Phillips
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid (CRN: 47686 / 47687D)

Supported by the NEH grant-funded project “Expanding the Circle,” this course focuses on cultural rhetorics from Native American and other historically underrepresented discourses. Subsequently, the course introduces you to rhetorical theory scholarship that familiarizes you with a range of intellectual traditions that extend far beyond canonical Greco-Roman rhetorical tradition. I have designed this seminar to make an argument about the work of rhetoric and positionality of human and nonhuman concerns. One goal is to demonstrate how rhetorical history in the course title can include herstories of rhetorics. I'll ask you to read scholarship that can help us articulate why such an easy equation of Aristotelian and Greco-Roman rhetoric persists outside the field, even in this department. By the end of the semester, you'll be familiar with a wide range of concerns the field takes up, and you'll be in a better position to articulate how your own scholarly concerns might be taken up from different historical cultural lenses. Our rhetorical inheritances encompass an ecosystem of knowledges where indigenous, intersectional feminist, Black, Latinx, Queer, and other rhetorical traditions co-exist in conversation with western canonical texts.

ENGL 5370, Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry

Dr. Curtis Bauer
Mondays, 2:00 - 4:50 PM
Onsite (CRN: 15198)

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, 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, distractions, 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: Linked Story Collections

Dr. Katie Cortese
Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:50 AM
Onsite (CRN: 15196)

This course will primarily center on reading and critiquing students' short stories with a special focus on the possibilities, requirements, challenges, and benefits involved in crafting a linked collection. With that in mind, at least two of the three assigned stories will include some thread of connection, either subtle or strong (potential links include setting, subject, characters, events, timeline, inventory, stylistic markers, etc.). The secondary focus of the course involves the close reading, practical analysis, and discussion of published stories and essays on craft by established, contemporary writers.

The reading list includes Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang, Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones, Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty, Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips, and Redwood Court by Dé'Lana R. A. Dameron along with 1000 Words by Jami Attenberg, and assigned craft articles by writers such as Matthew Salesses, C.J. Hribal, Amy Tan, Loiuse Erdrich, and others. Assignments will include three workshop stories, the review of a recent short story collection (linked or otherwise), and a final portfolio including two revisions and a statement of aesthetics regarding linked collections and the students' own work. Additionally, students will be responsible for reading, analyzing, and leading a discussion on the story of their choice from Best Debut Short Stories 2023, edited by Summer Farah and Sarah Lyn Rogers and Judged by Venita Blackburn, Richard Chiem, and Dantiel W. Moniz.

Requirements fulfilled: Creative Writing Workshop; Genre: Fiction

ENGL 5371, Foundations of TCR

Dr. Scott Weedon
Mondays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid (CRN: 15203 / 37105D)

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 5373, Instructional Design

TCR Graduate Faculty
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Modality: TBD (CRN: TBD)

Theory and practice of instructional document development and design.

ENGL 5376, Online Publishing

Dr. Geoff Sauer
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid (CRN: 47688 / 47689D)

This graduate-level seminar will overview the practical and theoretical aspects of designing effective online communication, publishing content such as websites and mobile apps. 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 HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and content management systems. Assignments will focus on analyzing and developing online content using various tools and development methods. The course will also address theoretical issues in the history of publishing, contemporary online publication, database-driven content management, intellectual property, and technology.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

    • Describe tasks that comprise the 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 5377, Analyzing Quantitative Data with R

Dr. Aaron Braver
Mondays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid (CRN: 47685 / 15298D)

We are constantly bombarded with numerical and quantitative information; but how do we make sense of it? How can we interpret and present this information sensibly? Where does this information come from in the first place?

This course will introduce you to tools and methods for collecting, analyzing, and visualizing quantitative data—including survey responses, experimental results, and usability studies. We'll learn how to turn raw numbers into digestible information in the form of numerical and visual summaries, basic statistical analysis, and inferences about your sample population. And we'll learn some basic data-wrangling techniques along the way that will be useful even outside the realm of research.

These skills are valued both in the academy and in industry, as they will allow you to work with your own data, as well as to evaluate existing quantitative research that you come across in journal articles or from other teams.

Our primary tool for this course will be the R programming language—but don't let the phrase “programming language” scare you away. No prior knowledge of statistics, programming, or experimental design is assumed or required.

More information: http://bit.ly/engl5377.

ENGL 5380, Special Topics in Literary Studies: Dystopias/Utopias of the American West

Dr. Cordelia Barrera
Tuesdays, 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Hybrid (CRN: 47470 / 47471D)

The 19th-century American West promised an empty landscape of unlimited potential for early Euro-American settlers, a utopian vision of an Edenic garden full of promise and opportunity shaped by western mythogenesis and early frontier writings. By the mid-20th century, this move galvanized visions and stories of apocalypse and dystopia for Indigenous and Indohispanic cultures. In this class, we look to utopian inclinations within the American frontier to examine how ideas surrounding westward expansion, colonization, and the silencing of Indigenous voices catalyzed apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, and dystopic scenarios in the literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. Some of the questions that frame our discussions include: How do dystopic landscapes challenge and fracture capitalist/modernist assumptions of space in the West? How do memory and collective histories, tied to geography and place, eclipse the spatial domination of landscape? To what ends and how is the West allegorized within dystopic and post-apocalyptic narratives of desolation and social and ecological decay? To answer these questions, we will take an ecocritical, social justice, and decolonial approach to understanding ideas of scarcity, natural resources, and identity in dystopic literature. Some of the authors we will study include Gloria Anzaldúa, Ursula K. Leguin, Octavia Butler, Louise Erdrich, and Rebecca Roanhorse.

Requirements fulfilled: American Literature; Period: Later; Genre: Fiction; Literature, Social Justice, and the Environment (LSJE)

ENGL 5380, Advanced Problems in Literary Studies: Translation Theory and Practice in Prose & Poetry

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

This course is extremely important for us—poets, fiction writers, dramaturges, linguists, literary critics, technical writers…all—in the grand scheme of an education in the arts. We must not only be aware of basic grammatical, syntactical, and phonological nuances, but also a writer's craft, literary and cultural traditions, and contemporary literary contexts. This course will be a combination seminar/workshop in which we will read and discuss translation theory and then put it to practice by translating literary texts from a foreign language into English.

Requirements fulfilled: Comparative Literature, Globalization, and Translation (CLGT); Period: Later; Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry; CMLL Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpretation

ENGL 5388, User Experience [UX] Research

Dr. Jason Tham
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid (CRN: 37088 / 35503D)

This course introduces students to foundational principles and theories of user experience (UX) design and prepares them to perform basic usability testing of user-facing documents. Students will explore and practice user research and usability testing, human-centered design, and digital prototyping. Upon completion of this course, students should feel confident about:

  1. Constructing rigorous and validating UX and usability test plans
  2. Practicing a variety of approaches to researching user experiences and goals
  3. Analyzing user and usability data in appropriate ways

ENGL 5391, Grants and Proposals for Nonprofits

Dr. Mason Pelligrini
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid (CRN: 47690 / 36382D)

Strategies and techniques for researching, writing, and editing grant proposals for nonprofit organizations.

ENGL 5392, Teaching College Literature

Dr. Marta Kvande
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Hybrid (CRN: 45282 / 35494D)

This is a practical course, aimed at helping graduate students develop skills and materials for teaching literature at the college level. In order to develop a basis for these skills and materials, we will begin by considering why we teach literature: what is the place of literary study in the 21st century? As teachers of literature, what do we aim to offer our students, and how can we best design our courses to achieve those aims and help students learn? How can we position ourselves as teachers, with an understanding of disciplinary history and of developing disciplinary change, to best guide our students with rigor and care? These questions will help us develop teaching philosophies. We'll then move to the practical work of designing syllabi and assignments; building lesson plans; practicing classroom strategies such as lecture, discussion, and the like; evaluating student work; and using various forms of classroom technology. Based on this work and on observations of experienced faculty, students in the course will gain experience in the practice of teaching and will write syllabi, assignments, lesson plans, and teaching philosophies. By the end of the course, students should not only have a portfolio of teaching materials but should also be prepared to teach a literature course.

Requirement fulfilled: PhD Foundation Course (LCWL)