English M.A. Spring 2017 Courses

Studies in American Fiction
Barbara Foley
26:352:513:01     Monday 5:30-8:10

  Open to non-matriculated students. For queries, send email to Professor Foley at bfoley@rutgers.edu.

Professor David Baker
Tuesday 5:30-8:10

The course examines the writings of a figure much involved in the “public contests” of the seventeenth century. Known then for his revolutionary stances on divorce law and regicide, Milton is today studied primarily for his poetry, ranging from the lyric and the masque to biblical epic. In this course, we will be reading both the poetry and the prose in order to understand the importance of Milton in his own time and in our own. Open to non-matriculated students. For queries, send email to Professor Baker at dwbaker@rutgers.edu

Ethnicity in American Literature
Professor Sterling Bland
Tuesday 5:30-8:10

 Open to non-matriculated students. For queries, send email to Professor Bland at slbland@rutgers.edu

Topics in Literature: Afica in Literature and Film
Professor Belinda Edmondson
Wednesday 5:30-8:10

Why is Africa so ubiquitous in contemporary Western literature? This course will explore representations of Africa and Africans from both African and non-African (or Western) perspectives. Utilizing a variety of narratives, we will investigate why Africa remains a fraught symbol of racial, political and gendered relationships in Western discourses. Course material will include film, poetry, novels (both canonical and contemporary), and critical essays. Topics for discussion will include race and coloniality; depictions of African nationalism and its gender/sexual politics. Open to non-matriculated students. For queries, send email to Professor Edmondson at edmondsn@rutgers.edu

Literature Topics Women and Gender Studies: Queer Literature
Dr. Kristian Kahn
Thursday 5:30-8:10

In this course, we will examine representative works by LGBTQ writers, as well as cisgendered authors whose work covers queer topics and themes. Books chosen will likely form a chronology, by which we can explore the changing representations of queer concerns in fiction over the course of roughly the last hundred years, spanning generations as well as cultures; films may also be an integral part of the course. Authors under consideration include: Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, Djuna Barnes, James Baldwin, Marcel Proust, Rita Mae Brown, Alice Walker, Carole Maso, Alan Hollinghurst, Judith/Jack Halberstam, and Jeffrey Eugenides. 

Note: This course fulfills the graduate Women’s and Gender Studies concentration requirements. Advanced Women’s and Gender Studies undergrad majors and LGBTQ Studies minors interested in the course should contact Dr. Kahn. For queries, send email to Dr. Kahn at kkahn@rutgers.edu


Independent Study                                        
26:350:522      By arrangement with Professor

Master’s Thesis                                                   
26:350:697      By arrangement with Professor

Matriculation Continued

Feminist Research & Methods
Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:10 pm


The Rutgers New Brunswick English Doctoral Program offers seminars that are open to English R-N Master's degree students if the professor agrees to a request.  The inquirer should explain his/her background for the course and status in our Program. Forward the positive response and request for a Special Permission number to Cheryl Robinson in the doctoral program office <carobin@rci.rutgers.edu>.  (Although Dr. Larson's permission is not required, it's best to inform her of your intentions.)  Check their schedule online (School 16).