Fall 2017 Courses: Graduate Seminars

ENG 5013: Introduction to Graduate Studies

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

Course Description
This course will serve as an introduction to the history and practices of graduate studies in English. Along the way, we’ll glimpse at the history of English departments, a survey of established and emerging theoretical/critical approaches, some advice for thriving in graduate studies, a few strategies for graduate-level writing, and some key texts from the MA exam reading list. By the end of the semester, you’ll also be familiar with key resources in our field, and you’ll produce a short article, a conference proposal, an annotated bibliography, and a conference paper.


  • Annotated bibliography
  • Conference report
  • Conference proposal
  • Conference paper
  • Journal report
  • Short journal article/note (1000-1200 words)

Required Texts (subject to change)

  • Clifton, Quilting
  • Diaz, Drown
  • Graff, Professing Literature
  • Moretti, Graphs, Maps, Trees
  • Parker, How to Interpret Literature
  • Sandoval, Methodology of the Oppressed
  • Semenza, Graduate Study for the Twenty-First Century
  • Yamashita, Tropic of OrangeTropic of Orange

Recommended Text

  • Williams, Style

ENG 5053 & 5933: Topics in American Literature: Literature of the United States in Languages Other Than English

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

Course Description
A rich but neglected body of literature has been created within what is now the United States in languages other than English. It includes the writings of indigenous peoples and Spanish and French explorers as well as recent immigrants speaking a wide variety of tongues. The United States has been a major center for writing in Spanish, Yiddish, German, and Chinese, but the literature of the United States also includes: Dafydd Morgan, a novel written in Wisconsin in 1897 in Welsh; Victor Séjour’s “Le Mulâtre” (1837), the earliest published work of fiction by an African American; O. E. Rölvaag’s canonical I de dage and Riket grundlæges, translated from the Norwegian in 1927 as Giants in the Earth; and The Life of Omar Ibn Said, a memoir of slavery written in Arabic in 1837. The United States is not only multicultural but also multilingual. And, relying on translations, this course will liberate us from the monolingual prisonhouse of an exclusively Anglophone canon of American literature.

Course Texts

  • Marc Shell and Werner Sollors, ed. The Multilingual Anthology of American Literature. New York University Press. 9780814797532.
  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Dictée. University of California Press. 9780520261297.
  • Alfred Mercier. Saint-Ybar. Editions Tintamarre. 9780985734565.
  • Tomas Rivera. Y no se lo trago la tierra. Arte Publico. 9781558850835.
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer. The Collected Stories. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374517885.

Course Assignments for Grades
Continuing presence, class presentation, two papers, final exam, and consistent effulgence.

Eng 5133: Cultural Histories of Rhetoric

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

Course Description
This seminar introduces graduate students to histories of rhetoric through comparative/contrastive cultural inquiry. Traditionally conceived as the art of public communication to build and maintain political communities, rhetoric and its scholarship has challenged Western, androcentric, and Euro-American assumptions of its praxis partly through inquiry into the histories of rhetoric from a variety of cultures, geographies, and community formations. Through a comparative/contrastive cultural inquiry, students will research into the histories of rhetoric through feminist refigurations of the sophists, Islamic receptions of Aristotle and classical rhetoric, indigenous and Latino/a rhetorics of the Americas, rhetorical practices in ancient China and its diasporas, and the politics of doing rhetorical historiography. A primary consideration will be how rhetorical practices shape historically and culturally situated counter/publics through extra/institutional forms of education. Thus, the course content will be relevant not just for students seeking to deepen their knowledge of cultural histories of rhetoric, but also to educators and practitioners seeking historical and theoretical sophistication for their sites of application, especially in professional and pedagogical contexts. Finally, the course will emphasize professional development through citation analyses, concept mapping, literature reviews, and a progressive seminar paper.

Sample Texts

  • Baca, D. & Villanueva, V. (2010). Rhetoric of the Americas
  • Ezzaher, L.E. (2015). Three Arabic Treatises on Aristotle’s Rhetoric: The Commentaries of al- Farabi, Avicenna, and Averroes
  • Glenn, C. (1997). Rhetoric Retold: Regendering the Tradition from Antiquity Through the Renaissance
  • Jarratt, S. (1998). Rereading the Sophists: Classical Rhetoric Refigured
  • Kirkpatrick, A. & Yu, Z (2012). Chinese Rhetoric and Writing
  • Lipson, C. & Brinkley, R. (2009). Ancient Non-Greek Rhetorics
  • Lundsford, A. (1995). Reclaiming Rhetorica: Women In The Rhetorical Tradition
  • Stromberg, E. (2006). American Indian Rhetorics of Survivance

Course Projects

  • Histories of Rhetoric Citation Analysis
  • Literature Review
  • Progressive Seminar Paper

ENG 5613: 19th Century American Literature: Dystopias

Instructor: Jeanne Reesman
Class Time: Tuesdays 6:00p.m.-8:45p.m.
Class Location: TBA

Course Description
Dystopian literature goes back into the most ancient of cultures; the future, especially at certain times in history, has often seemed doomed. Today in particular, many people are concerned about the future of the United States. The course would cover such writers as Mark Twain, Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert Chambers, Ignatius Donnelly, Edward Bellamy, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, William Dean Howells, Sinclair Lewis, Octavia Butler, Philip K. Dick, Margaret Atwood, and Philip Roth. It will be a challenging survey of major novels of the genre, a glimpse of the future from the past. Films and film clips will include "Bladerunner," "Never Let Me Go," "Ex Machina," "Snowpiercer," "Mad Max," and "Alphaville." Requirements will include an oral report, a midterm, final, and weekly journals. We will examine the sub-genre of dystopian fiction through a contemporary lens, but we will begin with the late 19th-century and conclude in the present day.

ENG 5763 & 6053: Latina/o/x Drama and Performance

Instructor: Jackie Cuevas
Class Time: Wednesdays 6:00p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Class Location: MB 2.314B

Course Description
In this graduate seminar, we will read and watch plays and performances as we work together to understand the contributions and provocations they bring to Latino literature and culture. The emphasis will be on key texts that have shaped and challenged Latino theater traditions. We will study the performance history and critical reception of a variety of Latino plays and contextualize the works within theater traditions and broader movements across the U.S. and the Americas. Although the majority of the works will be plays and performances, we may also consider poetry, film, and hybrid genres in relation to questions of performing Latinidades. We will also engage with theories of performance and various literary critical approaches. Assignments will include a presentation, three critical response papers, a creative assignment, and a final project. Master’s students may do a project that supports preparation for the M.A. exam; Ph.D. students may coordinate their assignments with independent research in progress. Students will have the opportunity to attend a performance and dialogue with guest authors.

Primary texts may include works such as Milcha Sanchez-Scott’s Roosters, Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit, Gregg Barrios’ Rancho Pancho, Virginia Grise’s latest work, Your Healing is Killing Me, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning musical In the Heights. Performances may include solo performances, street theater, short films, and/or performance art by performers such as John Leguizamo, Carmelita Tropicana, Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, and Adelina Anthony. Readings will be available through the library’s course reserves, e-reserves, or Blackboard.

ENG 5783: African American Literature: Black Feminist Theory and Popular Culture

Instructor: Kinitra Brooks
Class Time: Thursdays 6:00p.m.-8:45p.m.
Class Location: TBA

Class Description
Beyoncé Knowles’ 2016 audiovisual project, Lemonade, has become a movement. Professor Harry M. Benshoff, a film scholar at the University of North Texas, proclaims that Beyoncé got the entire world to watch a 55-minute avant-garde film. Lemonade is a meditation on contemporary black womanhood. The purpose of this class is to explore the theoretical, historical, and literary frameworks of black feminism, which feature prominently in Lemonade. We will use Lemonade as a starting point to examine the sociocultural issues that are most prominent in black womanhood through black feminist theory, literature, music, and film.
(This course is listed on UTSA's ASAP site as "ENG 5783: African American Literature: Supernatural")

ENG 5943: Individual Authors: Shakespeare

Instructor: Mark Bayer
Class Time: Tuesdays 6:00p.m. - 8:45p.m.
Class Location: MB 2.404

Course Description
Because of the ubiquity of tragedy in discussions of Shakespeare and the often unproductive avenues these discussions take us down, in this course I want to do something a little different. Specifically, I want to focus on what I’m calling “fringe” tragedies. These are plays that aren’t quite as canonical as the four most famous tragedies (Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, and Othello). Instead, they are plays that challenge neat generic categories (a set of three plays that have come to be known as ‘problem plays’), history plays that incorporate some kind of tragic component, or plays that Shakespeare’s audience might not have understood as tragedies, but easily might be considered such in different cultural dispensations. We’ll also look at a few plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries that also defy neat generic classification.

ENG 6033: Historical Linguistics

Instructor: Bridget Drinka
Class Time: Thursdays 6:00p.m.-8:45p.m.
Class Location: TBA

Class Description
Full description forthcoming. Please Consult UTSA's ASAP site for registration information.

ENG 6043: Poetry Workshop

Instructor: Ray Vance
Class Time: TBA
Class Location: Online

Class Description
Full description forthcoming. Please consult UTSA's ASAP site for registration information.

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