Department of English Graduate Courses

updated 3.9.18




504       WRITING POETRY                                              WONG                               TR 10-12                             
The Poetics of Engagement and Dissent
As Audre Lorde writes: “Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action.” This seminar will explore the role of poetry as deeply engaging, resisting, and changing our current society. Who are we as poets in today’s world? How can we wrestle with the complexities and intersections of our personal and collective lives through language? With rigorous attention to the relationship between form and content, we will write poems in dialogue with prominent contemporary poets. As an active poetry community, we will revisit the stakes of poetry via seminar discussions, constructive feedback, and radical revision strategies.

535         NONFICTION                                                      PAOLA                               TR 2-4                  
Research Based Writing                                                  
The Literature of FactThe difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read. Hoping to dispute Wilde, this course will read, study, and practice the literature that arises where fact collides with frank subjectivity: where knowledge of the world outside of us meets memoir, philosophy, the lyric. Authors will include Atul Gawande, Michael Pollan, Mary Cappello, and Lauren Slater. Course work can be primarily creative or critical, though all students will try their hand at both.

570         CULTRL STDS:                                                    SHIPLEY                          TR 4-6  
The Body of the Poem: Trans & Genderqueer Poetry & Poetics
“…a poem and its form have something to do with the poet’s body, and also…poetry can provide imagined alternatives to that literal body…. By writing poetry, by working in disembodied language, I can get out of the physical body I happen to have, can depict and counter the insufficiencies of the merely physical world; I can create other bodies for myself in words…” – Stephanie Burt, “The Body of the Poem: On Transgender Poetry”. This course explores the wave of poetry by trans and genderqueer poets published primarily within the past decade. We will read trans and genderqueer poets whose work spans diverse embodiments of sexual, racial, national, class-based, and familial experience. Some questions we’ll consider include: What is trans and/or genderqueer about these poems? What is the trans and genderqueer poet’s relationship to content and to form, whether “traditional” or “innovative”? How and what poetic techniques do trans and genderqueer poets use and to what end? Ultimately, what is form’s relationship to the body? Poets we’ll read include: Samuel Ace, Ryka Aoki, Cam Awkward-Rich, Oliver Bendorf Baez, Ari Banias, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, Julian Talamentez Brolaski, Stephanie Burt, Jos Charles, Ching-In Chen, CA Conrad, Maxe Crandall, Meg Day, D’Lo, kari edwards, Jennifer Joshua Espinoza, Duriel E. Harris, Joy Ladin, Dawn Martin Lundy, Eileen Myles, Trace Peterson, Amir Rabiyah, Trish Salah, TC Tolbert, Max Wolf Valerio, Stacey Waite, Kit Yan, and others. We'll also read critical works by Sarah Ahmed, Kate Bornstein, Judith Butler, Alison Kafer, Gayle Salamon, Susan Stryker, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Matt/Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Riki Wilchins, and others.

575         WOMENS LIT                                                      METZGER                       TR 8-10                
Feminist/Queer Theory as Literature

In this course we will turn a common methodology on its head. We will read literature as the means of establishing the basis and practice of theories often studied in their abstraction and then applied as frameworks for analyzing literature and the human experience it represents. Such theories include Queer/Trans Theory, Settler-Colonial Theory, Critical Race Theory and, of course, feminist theory. Our texts will include fiction, poetry, memoir and the literary essay, and we'll attend to the ways in which narrative and poetic language can help illuminate the nature and effects of new and old forms of historical events and experiences and their significance for us today as social agents and writers of many kinds. Texts May Include: The Argonauts, Nelson;  Islands of Decolonial Love, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson; The Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward; Citizen &/or Don't Let Me Be Lonely, Claudia Rankine; Arundahti Roy, The God of Small Things; Dorothy Allison, Trash. 

598        TEACHING LITERATURE                                GOEBEL                          TR 12-2               
This course will explore methods of teaching of literature.  Because it is difficult to predict the context in which each of you might teach, and because each of you possess different interests in the teaching of literature, most of our in-class time will be spent on general concerns, while most of your out-of-class work will focus on your own particular teaching interests. Ideally, the readings, discussions, and assignments in this course will develop some of the basic skills involved in teaching any general literature course as well as give you the opportunity to prepare to teach a specific course and respond in a thoughtful, informed way to a series of typical English department interview questions: What is your teaching philosophy in relation to literature?  What would you want to teach? How would you teach it? And why? The major assignments for this course include the creation of a detailed course syllabus, a corresponding paper with an explanation and justification of the choices made in that syllabus, and a teaching philosophy statement that addresses the teaching of literature.

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.