Fall 2015 Courses: Graduate Seminars

ENG 5743 (British and American Literature 1950-The Present): Post-Structuralism and Contemporary Literature

Instructor: Paul Ardoin
Class Time: Mondays 6:00p.m. - 8:45p.m.

Course Description
This course takes as part of its focus contemporary texts that take Post-Structuralist thought as part of their focus. We'll ask questions about novels, short stories, and plays that ask questions about theories about language, history, representation, meaning, and stability. Along the way, we'll revisit the canonical works of philosophy and theory revisited by contemporary authors like Percival Everett, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Kathy Acker.

Required Texts (may include)

  • Acker, Blood and Guts in High School
  • Barthes, S/Z and Image, Music, Text
  • Derrida, "Structure, Sign, and Play in the Human Sciences" and "Plato's Pharmacy"
  • Everett, Glyph, Erasure, and Percival Everett by Virgil Russell
  • Morrison, "Recitatif"
  • Parks, The America Play and Other Works
  • Reed, Mumbo Jumbo
  • Ryan, The Novel After Theory
  • Stoppard, The Real Thing
  • White, "The Burden of History" and "The Value of Narrativity in the Representation of Reality"

ENG 5933: Faulkner and the Novel

Instructor: Reesman
Class Time: Thursdays 6:00p.m. - 8:45p.m.

Course Description
This graduate seminar is an in-depth study of the novels of William Faulkner, but also includes selected short stories. Often called the greatest of American novelists, Faulkner portrayed not only an unforgettable (in more ways than one) South, but also issues of national importance such as race and racism, as well as, of course, some of the most haunting renditions of human character ever penned. The works will be closely read and discussed, and contemporary and recent critical and theoretical perspectives will be introduced. Student reports will provide a variety of important contexts—historical, biographical, psychological, political, and feminist—as well as work in race studies, class, and other cultural studies fields such as postcolonial theory and criticism.

Paper (40%), reports and discussion (20%), take-home midterm (20%), weekly reading journals (20%). The paper is a critical analysis with an argument about the interpretation of a narrative problem in one or more of the texts. At least 5 outside critical sources are required, as is MLA documentation style.

Required Texts

  • Faulkner, Selected Stories, The Sound and the Fury, Go Down, Moses, Novels 1930-1935 (As I Lay Dying / Sanctuary / Light in August / Pylon), Requiem for a Nun, Novels 1936-1940 (Absalom, Absalom! / The Unvanquished / If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem / The Hamlet)

ENG 6033.001 / LNG 5153.001: African American Language

Instructor: Lanehart
Class Time: Mondays 6:00p.m. - 8:45p.m.

Course Description
This graduate seminar focuses on the recently published Oxford Handbook of African American Language (OHAAL, May 2015). It’s the first of its kind focused solely on research on African American Language. As such, this course will be a seminar taught in part by the contributors to the book in the form of a lecture series. Each section of the book will feature one or more contributors who will teach the class on that evening and provide an opportunity to further interact over the course of their visit to UTSA (e.g., meals). OHAAL is a 7-section, 900+ page book that is an essential resource in the field. They are: Part I: Origins and Historical Perspectives; Part II: Lects and Variation; Part III: Structure and Description; Part IV: Child Language Acquisition and Development; Part V: Education; Part VI: Language in Society; and Part VII: Language and Identity.

In addition to regular and active class participation, students will be evaluated on Weekly Commentaries which are critiques of/responses to the required texts; one in-class presentation on your research project and/or class topic; a celebration of knowledge; and a final research paper written in several stages (abstract, annotated bibliography, final paper).

Required Texts

  • Alim and Smitherman, Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S.
  • Lanehart, ed., The Oxford Handbook of African American Language
  • Rickford and Rickford, Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English

ENG 7073 / 6063: Theories and Histories of Empire on the English Page and Stage: From Columbus to Locke

Instructor: Andrea
Class Time: Wednesdays 6:00p.m. - 8:45p.m.

Course Description
This course engages with the theories and histories of empire articulated in English tracts and translations from the beginning of the sixteenth century through the end of the seventeenth century. It also examines how these theories and histories were translated to the English stage, which was the primary medium for disseminating ideologies and information to a popular audience, during the age of Shakespeare through the Restoration. Belated with respect to the most powerful empires of the “Greater Western World” – the Spanish Hapsburg and the Turkish Ottomans – “marginal England” was considered a “proto-imperial” and “proto-orientalist” nation, meaning its leading merchants and courtiers aspired to empire even as their colonial efforts outside the British Isles were tentative and largely unsuccessful throughout this period. Examining “proto-imperial” English articulations on the page and stage consequently foregrounds alternative approaches to this project, including critiques, challenges, and subversions, even as it establishes the hegemonic discourse that will subtend the transatlantic and then global British Empire from the late seventeenth through the mid-twentieth century. This course therefore provides a comprehensive theoretical, literary, and historical foundation for students interested in discourses of empire, particularly in the English and/or Anglo-American tradition, from the early modern period to the present. This course fulfills core requirements for the English doctoral degree; it can also serve as a free elective for PhD or MA students (see http://www.utsa.edu/gcat/chapter6/COLFA/engdept.html).

In addition to regular and active class participation, students will be evaluated on weekly reader responses to the required texts; two in-class presentations on recommended texts; and a final research paper written in several stages (abstract, annotated bibliography, final paper).

Required Texts

  • Andrea, ed., English Women Staging Islam, 1696–1707: Delariver Manley and Mary Pix
  • Behn, Oroonoko, the Rover, and Other Works
  • Columbus, The Four Voyages
  • Games, The Web of Empire: English Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560–1660
  • Hadfield, ed., Amazons, Savages, and Machiavels: Travel and Colonial Writing in English, 1550–1630
  • Hardt and Negri, Empire
  • Hobbes, Leviathan
  • Kupperman, ed., Captain John Smith: A Select Edition of His Writings
  • Las Casas, A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies
  • Locke, The Selected Political Writings of John Locke
  • MacLean and Matar, Britain and the Islamic World, 1558–1713
  • Mignolo, The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization
  • Milton, Milton’s Selected Poetry and Prose
  • More, Utopia
  • Shakespeare, The Tempest
  • Vitkus, ed., Three Turk Plays from Early Modern England

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