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Fall 2019 Graduate Course Descriptions

Fall 2019

For the most up-to-date and comprehensive course information, including current offerings, meeting times, and classrooms, visit the Registrar’s website. For curriculum information, see the Academic Catalog.

Sections of ENGL 7976 Directed Study and ENGL 7990 Master’s Thesis are created upon successful petition. These are credit-bearing courses. See Banner Class Schedule for non-credit bearing course information (ENGL 6960, 7000, 8960, 9986, 9990, and 9996).

First day of fall graduate class registration: April 5

The following information is subject to change.

Courses by Curriculum Area

Proseminar (Fall only)

ENGL 5103 Proseminar

Instructor: Professor Theo Davis
Sequence: Thursday, 3-6 p.m.

Proseminar introduces the history and current scholarly practices of English studies. Surveys theoretical, methodological, and institutional issues in the development of the discipline; introduces students to the research of the English department’s graduate faculty; and offers opportunities for the practice of key components of scholarly production, including formulating research questions, using databases, conducting literature reviews, and writing and presenting scholarship in common formats other than the long research paper, such as conference proposals, oral presentations, and book reviews. Prereq. English degree students only.

Theories and Methods (0)

See Spring 2020.

Literary Periods (2)

Literature Pre-1700

ENGL 7282 Topics in Renaissance Literature: Material Shakespeare, Agential Shakespeare, Sustainable Shakespeare

Instructor: Professor Erika Boeckeler
Sequence: Wednesday, 3-6 p.m.

Topic updated March 26, 2019. Description forthcoming.

Literature 1700-1900

ENGL 7351 Topics in Literary Studies: Realism in Victorian Literature

Instructor: Professor Lori Lefkovitz
*UPDATED March 19, 2019* Sequence: Tuesday Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.

The Victorian period is famously the height of realistic representation. In this seminar, we will explore the uses of realism in imaginative narrative, including the dramatic monologues of Tennyson and Browning and novels by Emily Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Charles Dickens, and Thomas Hardy. Considering various ways that realism has been understood in theory and criticism over time, we will attend to narration and perspective, the shaping of subjectivity, agency, and autobiography in fiction; the effort of writers of realistic fiction to influence society, politics, and culture and to express philosophical and psychological innovations, such as relativism, positivism, and Darwinism.

Literature Post-1900

See Spring 2020.

Writing and Rhetoric (2)

ENGL 7360 Topics in Rhetoric: Decolonial Theory and Practice

Instructor: Professor Ellen Cushman
Sequence: Monday, 3-6 p.m.

Decolonial theorist, Walter Mignolo, identifies a colonial matrix of power that shapes the modern world and that stems from imperialist legacies of Western thought. Beginning with this matrix, the course opens by locating ourselves as discursive subjects within the epistemic hierarchies sustaining this colonial matrix of power. How do our relative privileges connect to imperial legacies of knowing and being? With this understanding as a foundation, the second part of the course asks us to epistemically delink from the colonial matrix of power by learning to unlearn the ways in which we are written by imperial pasts. In what ways might the consumption and production of any aspect of our learned lives contribute to imperial legacies of power? The third part of the course introduces decolonial methods for creating knowledge to take up the questions: where else can the production of knowledge or education unfold? In what ways might we as scholars engage in decolonial knowledge making and as educators engage in decolonial teaching? The final part of the course takes up the imperative to create alternatives to modern thought. What projects might we propose to recuperate suppressed epistemologies or to imagine alternatives to the hierarchical structures of everyday life or to help our students learn to unlearn? Assignments will include origin(al) scholarship, object analyses, presentations, a proposal, and a project designed according to individual student interests.

ENGL 7392 Writing and the Teaching of Writing

Instructor: Professor Mya Poe
Sequence: Monday, 6:15-9:15 p.m.

This course prepares graduate students to teach writing at the university level, drawing on recent scholarship in rhetoric and writing studies as well as research in other fields into how people learn. We will explore various theories regarding the nature of writing, how people learn to write, and what kinds of environments and activities best help students learn writing. The goal is for each graduate student to use these theories to develop a coherent position on the teaching of writing, along with practical teaching materials that can be employed at Northeastern and elsewhere. Assignments will include an assignment analysis, a textbook review, an observation report, a policy analysis, and a teaching portfolio. Note: Required of first-year PhD students. MA students may enroll with permission of instructor.

Electives & Certificate Courses (1)

INSH 7910 NULab Project Seminar – 2 semester hours

Instructor: Professor Julia Flanders
Sequence: Wednesday – 2:30-4:10 p.m.
Attributes:

  • Core Requirement: Elective
  • Digital Humanities approved elective

This workshop course supports the project development component of the certificate in Digital Humanities, aimed at graduate students enrolled in MA and PhD programs in humanities and social sciences. Students in the course will engage in a sustained, interdisciplinary exploration of digital humanities methods and projects as they plan and develop their own research projects during their progress on the certificate. As needed, the course will also organize working groups and lab sessions on special topics to cover additional skills and methods. The course is designed to be taken in successive years by students in the certificate program, but may also be taken on its own. No prior technical experience or familiarity with digital humanities or digital tools is required, but participants should be prepared to identify an area of research interest that is connected in some way with the general domain of digital humanities, computational social science, and related fields.


See the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities or Graduate Certificate in Womens, Gender and Sexuality Studies websites for complete course lists and certificate information.

Upcoming Course Offerings

Spring 2020 (subject to change)
Theories & Methods ENGL 7342 Topics in Criticism: Foucault, Sedgwick, Butler Professor Mullen
Theories & Methods ENGL/CAMD: TBA Professor Chute
Writing & Rhetoric ENGL 7395 Social Theories of Learning and Writing Professor Lerner
Literature Post-1900, WGSS ENGL 7244 African-American Novel Professor Kaplan
Elective, DH INSH 7910 NULab Project Seminar Professor Flanders

 


See the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities or Graduate Certificate in Womens, Gender and Sexuality Studies websites for complete course lists and certificate information.

2020-2021 (subject to change)
Fall 2020 
Proseminar ENGL 5103 Proseminar Professor Davis
ENGL 7392 (Writing & Rhetoric) ENGL 7392 Writing and the Teaching of Writing Professor Poe
Theories & Methods, DH ENGL 7370 Introduction to Digital Humanities Professor Flanders
Writing & Rhetoric ENGL 7395 Literacy Studies Professor Cushman
Literature Pre-1700 ENGL 7281 Topics in Medieval Literature: Why Do People Still Read Chaucer? Professor Kelly
Literature 1700-1900, WGSS ENGL 7283 Topics in Seventeenth-Century Literature: The Other, Race, and Slavery in the Novel Professor Aljoe
Literature Post-1900 ENGL 7351 Topics in Literary Study: Trauma, Memory, and Contemporary Literature Professor Chute
Elective, DH INSH 7910 NULab Project Seminar Professor Flanders
Spring 2021
Theories & Methods ENGL 7351.01 Topics in Literary Study: Disability Studies and Literature Professor Altschuler
Theories & Methods, Literature 1700-1900, DH ENGL 7370 Topics in Digital Humanities: Reading Machines: Technology and the Book Professor Cordell
Writing & Rhetoric ENGL 7360 Topics in Rhetoric: TBD Professor Britt
Literature Post-1900 ENGL 7351.02 Topics in Literary Studies: Aesthetics & Finance Professor Kim
Elective, DH INSH 7910 NULab Project Seminar Professor Flanders