Teaching

CURRENT COURSES (SPRING 2017)

UNDERGRADUATE

ENGL 4243: Advanced Fiction Writing
Imagination and experimentation are essential for strong, innovative fiction. Part of the fiction-process involves considering a broad variety of potential approaches to articulating one’s unwritten vision, and one has to be daring, take risks, discover new ways of capturing your unique experience for others. This course will offer students the opportunity both to study models of effective, innovative writing and to develop their own creative abilities.  In-class and take-home exercises are designed to enhance the student’s understanding of the creative process, to stimulate the imagination, and to develop the individual abilities of each student. Areas of discussion include style, conflict, character, landscape, and dialogue. The main purpose of this course is to allow students to develop and discuss their creative writing interests and skills, with marks being given for in-class assignments, homework assignments, and workshop submissions.  Students will be taught various writing genres, techniques, and exercises, and will be given opportunities to practice and to discuss them.

GRADUATE

ENGL 7383: Nineteenth Century Fiction
 In this course, we will explore 19th-century British fiction through the theoretical lens of the animal. Animality studies challenges the conceptual boundaries between the human and nonhuman, exposing the reliance of humanism and modern ethics on contentious notions of the animal and the sentient. It also engages the diverse philosophical and cultural issues that arise when nonhuman organisms are recognized as active agents in modern society. Students will apply animality theories to a range of texts that have contributed to or undermined normative conceptions of what is necessary and sufficient to define oneself as a being worthy of respect, rights, and empathy. Surveying work from throughout the century, students will gain knowledge regarding the role of past discourses in the construction and conception of nonhuman sentient beings and animality, discussing topics such as subjectivity vs. collectivity; posthumanism; painism; anthropomorphism; mythology; and animal/gender politics.

SELECTED PAST COURSES

Undergraduate

  • The Posthuman Animal
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing Practicum
  • Ideas that Shaped the Modern World: 1780-1940
  • Popular Literature and Culture
  • Popular Literature of Sensation
  • The Language of Love, Sex, and Gender
  • 19th-C Literature and Culture I (1800-1850)
  • 19th-C Literature and Culture II (1850-1900)
  • 20th-C Literature and Culture I (1900-1950)
  • The Gothic
  • Gothic Horror
  • Film Genres: Gothic Terror

Graduate

  • Foundations for Graduate Scholarship
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
  • Selected Topics in Media and Culture: Decadence and Posthumanism
  • Animality Studies
  • Cultures of Sexuality and Gender
  • Visual Theory and Culture
  • Genders, Sexualities and Humans
  • Directed Reading Courses
    • Queer Theory
    • Animal Identity Theory
    • Theories of Visuality and the Visual
    • Victorian Female Prostitution
    • AIDS and Serial Drama



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