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Graduate Courses in English at Main Campus

Graduate Summer 2014 First Session
(May 19-June 24, 2014)

English 561A: Western World Drama to 1900
(cross-listed as English 437A)
MW 6:00-9:30
Dr. Kevin J. Harty
This course surveys developments in western world dram from the ancient Greeks and Romans through the European Middle Ages and Renaissance, and up to roughly 1900.  We will look at the ways in which both stage craft and genre have developed. 

Graduate Summer 2014 Second Session
(June 25-July 31, 2014)

English 562A Non-Western World Literature
(cross-listed as English 438A)
TTh 6:00-9:30
Dr. Judith Musser
This course surveys contemporary literature from Asia, South America, and Africa. 

Graduate Courses in English—Fall 2014

English 501.41: Proseminar in Critical and Pedagogical Theory
Dr. Maryanne Bednar
Th 6:15-8:50
This gateway course to the graduate program examines the comparative and contrastive relationships between critical and pedagogical theory. The course’s approach is both historical and international with the dual aims of making students keen readers  of literature and of preparing them better to show others how to become such readers. Students explore the interaction of literary theory and pedagogical theory using young adult and adult contemporary and canon texts.

English 551.41 Living American Writers
(cross-listed as English 447.41)
Dr. Kevin Grauke
Th 6:15-8:50
In this course, we will read from the works of at least four well-known American writers, all of whom will visit the class to discuss--and field questions about--their bodies of work. In addition to addressing what these authors achieve on the page, we will, amongst other things, discuss such broader topics as the trends in contemporary American literary fiction, the process of literary production, the role of the literary writer in today’s culture, and the transformation of publishing in the digital age. The last two semesters that Grauke taught this course, visitors to his class included winners or finalists of the National Book Award, the Flannery O’Connor Award, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the PEN USA Literary Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award, the AWP Prize for the Novel, the George Garrett Fiction Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Pushcart Prize, the Texas Institute of Letters Award, and the American Booksellers Association Debut Fiction Prize.

English 556.41: Murder and Mayhem in Early Modern England
(cross-listed as English 441.41)
Dr. Claire Busse
M 6:15-8:55
Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English authors seemed to be on a mission to top each other for the most outrageous depictions of deviance. It is perhaps not surprising that, in a period in which behavior was so circumscribed, early modern authors were fascinated with individuals who chose to ignore society’s rules. This course will examine early modern authors’ explorations of how an individual’s behavior had the ability to destabilize society. The works we read will examine various forms of social deviance from the more mundane forms of disobedience, theft, and youthful rebellion to the more extreme acts of killing people with a poisoned bible,  turning one’s enemies into meat pies, committing incest, and  inviting the whole town to help murder your husband. Authors studied may include: Kyd, Marston, Middleton, Nashe, Shakespeare, Spenser, and Webster. Undergraduate assignments include two papers, a presentation, four short written assignments, and a final. Graduate assignments include one short paper, a presentation, four short written assignments, and a seminar length final paper. 

English 641.41: Composition and Rhetoric Studies—Rhetoric in the History of Education
Dr. Megan Schoen
T 6:15-8:50
Everyone interested in writing and reading can benefit from understanding how the ancient art of rhetoric has influenced the way literacy practices have been understood and taught through history. This course provides various approaches to the writing process and grounds students in the formal history of rhetoric with an eye to the various modes writers use to inform and persuade audiences. Specifically, this section of English 641 will provide a historical and contemporary survey of composition and rhetoric within the Western educational system. The course traces rhetoric’s early development among the ancient sophists (teachers who instructed young Greeks how to communicate effectively in public discourse) through current approaches and trends in writing instruction. Whether you are interested in better understanding the strategies used by authors in texts you are reading, better understanding how to craft your own academic and other persuasive writing, or better understanding how to teach students to write more effectively, this class will have something for you.

Stephen Smith, Ph.D.

Stephen Smith, Ph.D.

M.A. in English Programs
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone: 215.951.1145

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