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The courses in the M.A. are designed for various purposes. Gateway courses are meant to introduce or re-introduce you to literary criticism, graduate research, and literary history. Seminars are advanced courses in literature, writing, and special topics. Practica give selected students valuable experience in teaching and editing. Other enriching electives are offered in the History of the English Language and Studies Abroad.

Summer 2016 Courses:

ENG 6300 Special Topics in Writing: Space, Place, and Ecocomposition (can count for Genre credit) Lovvorn.

In this course, we will consider ecocomposition, a body of work that positions writing as connected to place and that examines interconnections between place, identity, physicality, and ecology. This work takes up theories of space and place, raises questions about environment, and unpacks ways in which place is connected to social and political impulses. This course offers considerable crossover between theory and readings. As such, we will examine theoretical texts connected to ecocomposition as well as literary texts that treat place in relevant ways. We will read book-length works as well as short stories, critical essays, scholarly articles, and digital projects relevant to ecocomposition. You will be asked to write critical essays connected to our readings and place-driven essays/studies about middle Tennessee.

ENG 5860 Readings in American Literature II Trout

This readings course will examine the formation of America’s cultural and literary identity from the end of the Civil War to the present.  We will analyze literary texts from a number of historical, cultural, and critical perspectives.   Students will demonstrate not only a knowledge of the historical development of the culture from which these texts come, but also an ability to apply analytical and interpretive skills to the examined texts and contexts through reading, writing, and critical thinking.  This is a reading intensive course; you will be reading both broadly and deeply.

Fall 2016 Courses:

ENG 5800. Readings in World Literature I. Paine. Wednesday 6-8:30.

In this course we will discuss major works of World Literature from earliest times through 1650. European Literature will be our primary frame of reference, but we will spend significant effort on works from other world traditions.  Much importance will be placed on careful reading and discussion of these texts.  We will seek to uncover not only their literary value, but also their contribution to the cultures from which they arose, and to their importance for our own.

ENG 6100. Genre: Writing in the Digital Age. Overall. Mondays 6-8:30.

This course will investigate the implications of digital media on a variety of perspectives in English studies such as creative writing, writing pedagogy, and the digital humanities at large. An aim of this course will be to prepare students to contribute research to the field through a professional conference proposal and presentation. In addition to reading theoretical texts within the field of image and new media studies, students will also compose texts in a variety of multimedia genres such as digital stories, web texts, and/or podcasts. As a result, the course will involve developing basic skills within industry-standard publication and design software such as iMovie, Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, InDesign, etc.), and HTML/CSS coding. Students do not need prior experience with the technology to enroll in the course.

ENG 6000. Single/Double Author: Virginia Woolf. Stover. Tuesdays 6-8:30.

Virginia Woolf is a central figure in the development of the modernist novel, as well as an important feminist, essayist, and critic. In this seminar we will read novels (Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, The Waves, and more), essays (A Room of One’s Own, “How Should One Read a Book,” “Craftsmanship,” and more), memoir (Moments of Being, focusing on “A Sketch of the Past”), and diaries (I would like to teach all 5 volumes, but we will content ourselves with the condensed A Moment’s Being). We will see how each genre informs the others, giving us a full picture of this complex and innovative writer.

ENG 5000. Practical Literary Criticism. Yeo. Thursdays 6-8:30.

This course will awaken you to the different interpretive strategies that critics have used to read literary and filmic texts over the past century. In doing so, it will help you understand the aesthetic, linguistic, and political implications of writing. Ultimately, through gaining familiarity with the questions and controversies that drive how we understand literature, you will become more incisive readers, writers, and thinkers.
We will cover one school of criticism each week, with sample readings from the philosophers, historians, political writers, and authors who have contributed to our understanding of literature. In addition, we will read 2-3 longer literary works (novels, plays), as well as poems, short stories, and short-form films that will serve as the basis for our analysis throughout the term. Assignments will include weekly reading responses, two short essays, and one conference-style paper and presentation at the end of the term.

"I consider my masters work at Belmont the most rewarding part of my graduate studies in English Literature. As a member of graduate faculty myself now, I try my best to emulate the exceptional instructional and mentoring practices of my professors at Belmont.”

 -Masood Raja, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, Kent State University