ENGL 2323: Literature and the Environment
This course explores writing about the environment over roughly the past two centuries in both British and American works. It covers a range of geographical settings and literary genres, including poetry, the novel, the short story, and film. Texts will be considered through the lens of changing notions of nature, the urban space, and the environment. Analyses will address issues such as love/fear of nature; the spirit of place; gender/sexuality; animal/animality studies; and ethnicity/race. Requirements will consist of class participation, two short essays, two quizzes, and a final examination.

ENGL 2523: Reading Major British Writers II
This course explores major British writers from 1800 to the present, while developing skills in effective communication and literary and cultural analysis. We will explore the ways in which perspectives, cultures, and media influence the ways in which humans see each other, as well as their communities, societies, and world. Topics of study will include Romanticism, gender/sexuality, children’s literature, ethnicity/race, decadence, the gothic, and modernism. Course materials will include poetry, short stories, and novels, as well as visual art and film.


ENGL 7383: Nineteenth Century Fiction

Aestheticism and Decadence were the major literary and artistic movements of the Victorian period, kick-starting many of the key innovations that define High Modernism. The two intertwined movements also engaged radical politics of sexuality and gender, innovations in media technology, and new sciences such as psychology and eugenics. Students study concepts such as art for art’s sake, Pre-Raphaelitism, and art nouveau. They also become familiar with personae such as the urban flaneur, the femme fatale, and the new woman. Students will apply decadent, feminist, queer, posthuman, and animality theories to a range of texts that have contributed to or undermined normative conceptions of what constitutes a decadent being, desire, and society.



  • The Posthuman Animal
  • Literature and the Environment
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing Practicum
  • Creative Writing in the Landscape
  • 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
  • Film Genres: Gothic Terror


  • Foundations for Graduate Scholarship
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature 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
    • Weird Fiction

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