Fall 2014 Courses: Graduate Level


ENG 5013: Introduction to Graduate Studies

Instructor: Kinitra Brooks
Class Time: Wednesdays 6:00p.m. - 8:45p.m.    
Class Location: MB 2.404

Course Description
This course is intended to introduce students to "the premises, concepts, and methods of literary study, including literary history, terminology, bibliography, and various critical and theoretical approaches to literature" (Graduate Catalog), and to provide them with an opportunity to begin cultivating the critical skills required for successful completion of the M.A. degree, including the comprehensive exams. This course is also intended to help students familiarize themselves with the various opportunities, expectations and responsibilities relevant to their pursuing a graduate degree at UTSA.

Required Texts

  • Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Barry, Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Jacobs (Foster and McKay, eds.), Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Morrison, Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
  • Morrison, Song of Solomon
  • Harmon, A Handbook to Literature
  • Ellison, Invisible Man
  • James and Sharpley-Whiting, The Black Feminist Reader
  • Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


ENG 5053/5753 Literary Genres: The Novel / World Literatures in English

Instructor: Steven Kellman
Class Time: Thursdays 6:00p.m. - 8:45p.m.    
Class Location: MB 2.404

Course Description
This course is designed to accomplish two goals -- close study of the genre of the novel and of the rich literature written in English outside of the United States and the United Kingdom. We will be examining elements of the most influential and popular literary genre of the past 150 years. And, seizing on specimens for our study of the novel, we will be focusing on contemporary Anglophone novels from beyond the two most influential English-speaking metropolises.

Required Texts

  • Martel, Life of Pi
  • Achebe, Things Fall Apart
  • Matar, In the Country of Men
  • Coetzee, Disgrace
  • Mengestu, All Our Names
  • Hamid, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
  • Marciano, End of Manners
  • Malouf, Imaginary Life
  • Cliff, Abeng
  • Alameddine, Unnecessary Women


ENG 5183: Theory and Practice of Teaching Composition

Instructor: Crystal Colombini
Class Time: Mondays 6:00p.m. - 8:45p.m.    
Class Location: MB 1.102

Course Description
This course is designed to introduce you to some foundational and emerging theories and practices for teaching composition. By examining academic research in writing and rhetorical studies, and by engaging in analysis and research of your own, you will sharpen your knowledge of the processes and practices of writing and teaching writing.

Required Texts

  • Bean, Engaging Ideas
  • Tate, Guide to Composition Pedagogies
  • Villanueva, Cross-Talk in Comp Theory: Reader


ENG 5313: Renaissance Literature

Instructor: Bernadette Andrea
Class Time: Wednesdays 6:00p.m. - 8:45p.m.    
Class Location: MB 1.103

Course Description
Covering the major romance narratives of the English Renaissance, this course will investigate the spatial poetics of this literary form. Drawing on genre and spatial theory, we will investigate how this prestigious and popular form articulated a range of differences (gender, sexual, racial, religious, generational, and others) over a cosmopolitan cultural, literary, and physical landscape.

Required Texts

  • Sidney, Defence of Poesie
  • Sidney, The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia
  • Spenser, The Faerie Queene
  • Denny, "To Pamphilia from the father-in-law of Seralius"
  • Wroth, The First Part of the Countess of Montgomery's Urania


ENG 5763/6053: Latina/o Literature

Instructor: T. Jackie Cuevas
Class Time: Tuesdays 6:00p.m. - 8:45p.m.    
Class Location: MB 2.404

Course Description
Queer theorist Juana María Rodriguez suggests, "As an object of study, queer latinidad demands a practice that moves across geographic, linguistic, and imaginary borders." We will engage such border-crossing practices in order to interrogate queer latinidad through literature. We will read texts across a variety of genres, such as testimonio, drama, novels, poetry, and critical theory, as we trace the major themes and tensions in queer Chican@ and Latin@ literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Required Texts

  • Castillo, Mixquiahuala
  • Torres, We the Animals
  • Flores, Empanada
  • Lemus, Like Son
  • Grise, Blu
  • Islas, Rain God


ENG 5943: Chaucer

Instructor: Kimberly Fonzo
Class Time: Mondays 6:00p.m. - 8:45p.m.    
Class Location: MB 2.316

Course Description
This seminar is designed to provide students with an overview of Geoffrey Chaucer's major works including the Book of the Duchess, the Canterbury Tales, Parliament of Fowls, Troilus and Criseyde, and the House of Fame. We will also examine some of Chaucer's most influential sources, especially the works of Giovanni Boccaccio, in order to understand how Chaucer interacted with the literary traditions of his time.

Required Texts

  • Chaucer, Riverside Chaucer


ENG 6013: Theory and Research Methods for Ph.D. Students

Instructor: Mark Bayer
Class Time: Thursdays 5:30p.m. - 8:15p.m.    
Class Location: MB 2.316

Course Description
This course has four components: an advanced introduction to the basic resources necessary to conduct independent research on literary, historical, and cultural topics; a firm grounding in the history of Western critical philosophy, expecially (but not exclusively) as it applies to literary study; an introduction to writing in the various genres that you will encounter throughout your career as a grad student; and finally, a brief introduction to the profession, both past and present.

Required Texts

  • MLA, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
  • Taylor, Sources of the Self
  • Williams and Abbott, An Introduction to Bibliographical and Textual Studies


ENG 6033: Language and Literature

Instructor: Bridget Drinka
Class Time: Mondays 6:00p.m. - 8:45p.m.    
Class Location: MB 2.404

Course Description
This course will take an in-depth look at the role linguistic analysis can play in the understanding and creation of literature. Students will be introduced to phonological analysis--the study of sound systems--and will then examine a number of pieces of poetry and prose to see how these principles operate in literature. We will explore the extent to which the structure and sounds of a given language influence the aesthetic principles which emerge in the poetic traditions of that language.

Required Texts

  • Traugott and Pratt, Linguistics for Students of Literature
  • Coates, Women, Men, and Language
  • Wolfram and Schilling-Estes, American English
  • Baym, The Norton Anthology of American Literature
  • Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
  • Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Sonnets
  • Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
  • Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!
  • Atwood, Alias Grace


ENG 6043: Graduate Poetry Workshop

Instructor: Wendy Barker
Class Time: Thursdays 6:00p.m. - 8:45p.m.    
Class Location: MB 2.314B

Course Description
This course will offer an opportunity to gain fluency and proficiency in writing original poetry, as well as in critiquing and editing the poems of others.

Required Texts

  • Hamby, On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems
  • Duhamel, Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems
  • Matejka, The Big Smoke
  • Peckham, Why Not Take All of Me
  • Ostriker, The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog
  • Collins, White Papers
  • Prufer, Churches
  • Treviño, Lavando La Dirty Laundry
  • Barker, Poems' Progress
  • Clark, The Mind's Eye


ENG 6063/7073: Black Feminist Theory: Telling Academic Life

Instructor: Joycelyn Moody
Class Time: Tuesdays 6:00p.m. - 8:45p.m.    
Class Location: MB 2.316

Course Description
This course will examine theoretical, imaginative, and scholarly texts mostly by and/or about African American women historians to investigate intersections of gender, race, sexuality, labor, color/caste, and socioeconomic class in US black women's lives.

Required Texts

  • Zackodnik, We Must Be Up and Doing
  • Smith, Still Brave
  • Guitierrez Y Muhs, Presumed Incompetent
  • Jones, Shifting


ENG 6073: Theory and Criticism: Approaches to Mass Culture

Instructor: Ben Olguin
Class Time: Mondays 6:00p.m. - 8:45p.m.
Class Location: MS 2.03.18

Course Description
This course seeks to offer preliminary surveys of several types of genre fiction, and is designed to enable students to explore multiple methodological approaches to these popular literature and film genres, with special attention to how artists attempt various permutations and transformations. The genres and forms examined in the course include: Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror; Comic Books and Graphic Novels; Detective Procedural; Street Literature and Slam Poetry; and also Spy Fiction and Combat Action Memoir.

Required Texts

  • Nava, The Little Death
  • Gaspar de Alba, Desert Blood
  • Collins, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
  • Eleved and Smith, The Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip Hop...
  • Woods, True to the Game
  • Rawles, Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse
  • Le Carré, A Delicate Truth: A Novel
  • Sánchez and Pita, Lunar Braceros: 2125-2148
  • Hernandez and Hernandez, Love and Rockets: Maggie the Mechanic


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