English M.A. Fall 2017 Courses

The following courses will be offered by the Graduate English Program in Fall 2017.

Introduction to Graduate Literary Study
Dr. Kristian Kahn
26:350:503                  Monday  5:30-8:10

This course will be intended to bring students into the debates ongoing in literary studies in recent decades, and even over centuries, with a particular emphasis on how feminist studies and critical theories since the 1970s have transformed the kinds of questions scholars have raised, issues they have addressed, and the nature of close reading, the essential skill of literary analysis.  Contact Dr. Kahn at kkahn@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Professor Carol Heffernan
26:350:533:01             Tuesday 5:30-8:10

The course will focus on Chaucer's CANTERBURY TALES. Some attention will be given to the poet's work outside of the tale collection. Major Chaucer scholarship as well as the current scene in Chaucer studies will be integrated into the term's work. Contact Professor Heffernan at cfheff@rutgers.edu

Studies in Poetry: Poetry in Translation
Professor Rachel Hadas
26:350:580                  Wednesday 2:30-5:30

The topic this course will address is Poetry in Translation. Students will move between theory and practice, studying what some notable theorists and translators from the past few centuries have said on this topic, while they will also be working on individual translation projects and so will experience some of the translator's dilemmas firsthand. In addition, there will be a focus on comparing translations of particular poems/authors: Catullus, Baudelaire, Cavafy, and probably some Biblical passages will come under the microscope. Contact Professor Hadas at rhadas@andromeda.rutgers.edu

Trans American Literature Studies: Literature of the Cuban Revolution
Professor Laura Lomas
26:352:516                  Wednesday 5:30-8:10

This seminar places in historical context US and Cuban perspectives on the Cuban Revolution, as it emerges from late nineteenth-century New York City, irrupts as a shaping force throughout the hemisphere and the world in the twentieth-century, and enters the precarious post-soviet terrain that concludes with the re-establishment of US-Cuban relations in December 2014. Including classic writings of the Revolution by its advocates and its critics (such as Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Fidel Castro, Roberto Fernández Retamar, Guillermo Cabrero Infante and Heberto Padilla, as well as marginalized figures such as Haydée Santamaria, Lourdes Casal, Hilda Gadea, Susan Sontag, Canek Guevara), this seminar engages participants in the difficult art of navigating ideologically conflicted terrain in order to develop a reading practice that takes stock of how the political mediates what it is possible to know or write.  Contact Professor Lomas at llomas@rutgers.edu

Studies in Narrative
Professor Janet Larson
26:350:507                  Thursday 5:30-8:10

In this course we will proceed in three inter-related ways: (1) by studying the history of narrative, looking back at earlier forms and their evolution, including the emergence of "the novel";  (2) by reading narrative literature, from premodern works to postmodern fictions preoccupied with the act and nature of "story" and "storytelling."; (3) and by reading important theorists of narrative, past and current, testing them against literary works and becoming familiar with major issues in the large field of narrative studies.

Some questions we will explore:  Why do human beings need and tell stories? What kinds of narrative are there? How many ways can one tell a story? How have narrative traditions and devices like character types been refashioned, and new ones added? How is "fiction" related to "truth"? Which "real" or whose "reality" is represented in self-identified works of "realism"?  How do certain genres, types of plots, and other elements of fiction develop along with particular cultural formations and discourses? How are politics embedded in literary forms?  To what extent, and how, do readers make the story's meaning?

Theorists will include Booth, Frye, Bakhtin, various narratologists, feminist, Marxist, and postcolonial thinkers. Literary readings will include some works on the Common Reading List.

The course is designed to serve both literature and writing students, especially those who want to discover previously unexplored paths in fiction. Contact: Professor Larson at jlarson@rutgers.edu

Introduction to Publishing and Editing
Professor Akhil Sharma
26:350:531                  Thursday 5:30-8:10

The writer's life is difficult. Preparation can, however, allay fear and allow one to spot opportunities.  The goal of this course is to prepare one for the various opportunities that are available once one graduates from Rutgers. This course will focus on a number of things. First, you will learn how to edit from a writer's perspective and from an editor's. We will use various textbooks for this and work in pairs. This is always useful but is especially so since it makes one's work more likely to be purchased. Second, you will learn the rudiments of proof reading and copy editing. If you seek jobs in publishing, you will be asked to take tests in these. Third, you will also learn how to pitch story ideas or ideas for book projects.

You will also be involved in semester long projects in which you will seek out information on job opportunities in various fields as well as grants and fellowships. You will share your findings with the class at the end of the semester and in this way, everyone will benefit from each other's work. Contact Professor Sharma at akhil.sharma@rutgers.edu

Independent Study
By arrangement with Professor
For matriculated students only.

Master’s Thesis                                         
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Master’s Thesis                                            
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Matriculation Continued                                                

Feminist Theory & History
Dr. Theresa Hunt
Thursday, 5:30-8:10 pm
Conklin Hall 448

Anyone interested in the Graduate Seminar in Feminist History and Theory (988:532) is welcome to contact Dr. Theresa Hunt with questions or a request for the working 2017 syllabus: tah43@andromeda.rutgers.edu . The course will be offered Thursday 5:30-8:10 in Conklin 448, and is required for the Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Concentration. Seminar projects are designed to incorporate students’ respective fields and professional interests, and Dr. Hunt is happy to discuss options and past projects with students considering enrolling. Required core course for the Concentration in Women's and Gender Studies


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).