Department of English Graduate Courses

updated 6.12.17



FALL 2017

501         LITERARY  THEORIES & PRACTICES        LOAR                     TR 10-12              
This foundational course will introduce MA and MFA students to literary theories and criticism, as well as to foundational skills and knowledges necessary for literary research, such as database searches, working with archival material, and the composition of specialized academic genres such as the prospectus and annotated bibliography.  We will examine a range of critical approaches (from the nineteenth century to the present), focusing much of our attention on the terms labor and nature--two heavily-loaded terms that inform a range of contemporary theoretical approaches in structuralism and poststructuralism, gender and sexuality studies, Marxism, and ecocriticism, among others. Writing assignments in this course will give you an opportunity to work with popular texts and visual media, in addition to literary texts.
Course work will include reading a wide range of theoretical essays; participating in class discussions and presentations; contributing actively to small group work; and writing in several distinct academic genres. 

In a century of growing access to short-form literature, will the designation between essay collection and memoir, or linked story collection and novel, be relevant for much longer? We shall explore what the linking aspects of these contemporary forms are— repeating characters, kinship ties, multiple perspectives on a common event, thematics, and geography. And we’ll consider whether the linked form offers the writer publication venues that the longer forms don’t.

513         SEMINAR: TEACHING COLLEGE COMP       CUSHMAN               TR 2-4                   
Prerequisite: Appointment as a Teaching Assistant or instructor permission.  Offered once a year in the fall.     
Your Practicum In Teaching College Composition serves you in three differing yet deeply overlapping ways. The first is as a support structure for your 1st quarter as an ENG 101 instructor here at Western. Together we'll slowly move through the 101 course that you're teaching, practicing and reflecting on the myriad ways to engage your students in the curriculum. That means we'll model class activities and do plenty of the assignment prompts we give to students. Second, we'll spend a good amount of time reading and talking through rhetoric and composition scholarship. The idea here is to introduce you to a set of theoretical apparatuses underlying the teaching of writing, and to explore contemporary questions regarding rhetoric, writing, and teaching. Finally, and importantly, the course serves as a reflective space for the challenging work of teaching in a new program as a new graduate student. Each week, we'll trouble shoot curricular and class management issues, we'll reframe our assignments in response to what's happening in your classrooms, we'll worry through and then practice evaluation methods, and we'll listen to one another. In the end, the course is designed to ground as well as intensify your experiences as a practicing teacher and scholar.

525         STUDIES IN FICTION                                          KAHAKAUWILA      TR 8-10 
I'll be doing a course on Research in Creative Writing. Though it will be focused in certain ways on Fiction (because of the 525 demarcation), the course is set-up to be very multigenre.

560         BRIT LITS:                                                               LUNDEEN                 TR 12-2     
Blake’s Revolutionary Poetry and Art
In this seminar, we will probe the poetry, prose, and visual art of William Blake from multiple vantage points. As we examine his multi-media experiments, we’ll analyze the ways he disrupts orthodox science, theology, and politics, and advances alternative visions of those cultural institutions. By taking a wrecking ball to the intellectual tradition of Bacon, Newton, and Locke, Blake clears a space for a new epistemology, which is the cornerstone of English Romanticism. Through a comprehensive examination of Blake’s creative output, we’ll see how he attempts to redefine what it means to be human.


These courses are available F, W and S each year:

509 INTERNSHIP IN WRITING, EDITING, AND PRODUCTION (1-5 Cr)                          
Under advisement, students may receive credit while working as interns in both on-campus and off-campus assignments appropriate to their career plans. EX. Bellingham Review. Repeatable for up to 5 credits.

594 PRACTICUM IN TEACHING (2-5 Cr) Prerequisite: Eng 501
By Arrangement. Permission/contract with instructor and approval of Grad Director. Override granted by Grad Coordinator. Repeatable with different topics. Each topic repeatable to a maximum of 5 credits.

690 THESIS WRITING (1-10 Cr) Prerequisite: Plan of Study and Thesis Topic forms. 
By Arrangement. Override granted by both Grad Coordinator and Grad School. Credits are given after thesis defense in last quarter of study. Repeatable up to a maximum of 10 credits. Credits apply towards degree. 

With the permission of the Graduate Advisor, a student may take up to 10 credits of SOME combination of 400-level courses and ENG 500, ENG 509, and ENG 594. NOT all 400-level course are repeatable. Always check the current Course Catalog. No more than 5 credits of ENG 500 may be applied toward the degree.

All Studies courses in literary genres (i.e. 520, 525, 530, 535) qualify for credits toward the Creative Writing concentration or the English Studies concentration. Creative Writing students will have the option to workshop and produce a creative project.

ALL COURSES are five credits unless noted.
ALL COURSES ARE text + 1 hr/wk arr PLUS a $1.85 FEE unless otherwise noted.

Always check the Department of English website for current course offerings each quarter.