Upper Division and Graduate English Courses

Spring 2018

Upper-Division Course Rotation


Prerequisite: Completion of English 111 and 112 or their equivalents


305.001 The Art of the Essay TR 11:00-12:15 CRN: 21738
505.001 CRN: 21740
David Carithers
Compared to fiction and poetry, the essay gets short-changed as nothing more than the dismal, five-paragraph theme written in response to a middle school prompt. This class seeks to resuscitate the essay as an art form. Students in The Art of the Essay will try out several modes of this flexible genre and will learn that there is much more to it than they previously thought. Course assignments will focus on the expository mode of the essay, with opportunities to write argumentative, cause/effect, classification, definition, and personal essays. The primary text for this course is student writing, which we will work on together through in-class free-writes, workshops, and revision sessions. We will also read, discuss, and write in response to several collections of essays, ranging from canonical works to newer, experimental forms of the genre. The course will culminate in a student-edited anthology of collected works written in the class.


315.001 Poetry Workshop MWF 2:00-2:50 CRN: 21706
Sally Brannen

T.S. Eliot said, "Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood." Even skilled writers find it difficult to define what poetry is, but most of us intuitively know poetry when we feel it resonate with some part of ourselves, whether it is our hearts, our minds, or our ears. In Poetry Workshop, we will not only explore what poetry is and what it communicates, but we will also endeavor to understand how poetry generates meaning beyond just the sum of its parts. Sound, sensation, structure, silence, and story—in this class we will examine how these all work toward the making of sense and poesy. The class focuses on students writing original works of poetry and workshopping/revising those poems. This will be augmented by reading and discussing a variety of poems/poets as well as learning to utilize a critical vocabulary. Join us to unleash your creative energies by studying the art and craft of writing poetry.


320.001 Introduction to Linguistics TR 1:00 – 2:15 CRN: 21748
Tim Hacker
At the end of the 19th century, several new disciplines emerged that sought to apply the research methods of the natural sciences to human behavior. These disciplines, called the social sciences, include several that are well known to students on this campus: criminal justice, political science (or government), psychology, and sociology. Another discipline that is less familiar to us here is linguistics, the scientific study of human language.
In this introductory course, we will learn what linguistics is, and how it divides up the study of language into components such as phonology (the sound system), morphology (word building, including features like prefixes and suffixes), syntax (sentence-level grammar), and semantics (the connection between language and meaning). We’ll also learn what linguists do and how their work is a useful complement to other branches of English Studies.
Students in this class will complete exercises from the course textbook and supplemental workbook. They will write several short, exploratory papers; one for each linguistic sub-discipline. There will also be three exams, including a comprehensive final.


325.001 Technical Communications TR 8:00-9:15 CRN: 21718
525.001 CRN: 21719
325.002 Technical Communications TR 9:30-10:45 CRN: 21727
525.002 CRN: 21728
Trisha Capansky
Technical Communication for Career and Life Management
This course equips you with tools for marketing yourself so that you are a viable contender in the job market. It also offers you an understanding of the language used in contracts, legal documents, bank statements, and government reports so that you are prepared to protect your credit, identity, and assets. Career planning will help you negotiate advancement opportunities, salary increases, benefit packages, and other incentives for the quality of life you hope to obtain. You will be provided with skills and strategies to help you address a variety of communication tasks in workplace environments. Personal planning will help you prepare for obstacles such as financial setbacks, job loss, auto repair, healthcare, bankruptcy, and identity theft. Your ability to maneuver through life’s opportunities and obstacles largely depends on how well you understand the fine print in technical documents and the communication process.
This course is taught as a hybrid to create an environment where students have a greater amount of time to reflect upon the issues and materials discussed and demonstrate their reflection through thought-provoking, soundly developed arguments.


345.001 Black Writers in America MWF 10:00-10:50 CRN: 21662
Melvin Hill
Voices from the South
The primary goal of the course is not only to read literature from African American southern writers, but also to read that material critically and in the context of the cultural ethos from which it comes. The critical perspectives that inform the syllabus are primarily historical and cultural. Our reading and interpretation of texts will often involve an interdisciplinary combination of methodologies such as gender criticism, race theory, and philosophy. During the semester, students will examine selected texts and discuss those texts individually and in relation to each other. Some of the writers that we will examine over the course of the semester are Sutton E. Griggs, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and contemporary southern writer Jesmyn Ward.


360.001 16th Century British Literature MWF 9:00-9:50 CRN: 21642
560.001 CRN: 21644
Chris Hill
English 360 is a course on 16th Century English literature. Our first focus will be on two pivotal documents related to the political settlements of the later Renaissance—Machiavelli’s The Prince and More’s Utopia—and on theories of poetics that we see in Sidney’s Defense and the sonnet tradition. We will also spend a significant amount of time exploring two books of Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene to examine politics, culture, and poetics in their combinations and collisions.


365.001 Restoration and 18th Century British MWF 11:00-11:50 CRN: 21678
565.001 CRN: 21679
Daniel Pigg
Beginning with 1660, a new day in the life of English politics, philosophy, and literature, English 365 considers the range of poetry, prose, and drama written during this important period in the development of literary forms and ideas. Often misunderstood as overly devoted to the concept of human reason, the period explores such topics as reason and passion, gender roles, satire, history and politics, nature, imagination, and comedy, all with the intention of understanding the role of human beings in relation to themselves and their world. In addition to reading the key male writers of the period (Rochester, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Boswell, Johnson, Blake, and early Wordsworth), we will examine works by women writers such as Aphra Behn, Katherine Phillips, Eliza Heywood, Mary Manley, and Mary Wollstonecraft and works by several Black Atlantic writers such as Olaudah Equiano and Quobna Cugoano.


385.001 Modern Poetry TR 9:30-10:45 CRN: 21730
585.001 CRN: 21731
John Glass
Modern Poetry is designed to provide students with a foundation in Modernist poetry and poetics in English. The class will consider, and students will be responsible for understanding, Modernism in its historical context. Ideally, students will bring with them a knowledge of earlier British and American poetry. The course will begin by looking at several nineteenth century poets and move quickly to its primary focus on the high Modernists from both sides of the Atlantic. Along with assigned poems, essays, and critical pieces, students will also be responsible for biographical and historical information. Students will write two papers in the class, one close reading of a single piece and one longer research paper on a broader topic to be determined as the semester develops. There will be mid-term and final exams.


395.001 Literature & Film: Adaptations MW 3:00-4:15 CRN: 21710
595.001 CRN: 21712
Film Screenings T 4:00-6:00
Jeff Longacre
Do you like movies? Sure you do! Then you will love this class! Ranging from close adaptations, like David Lean’s classic version of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations to very loose experimentations with adaptation, such as Michelangelo Antonioni’s adaptation of Julio Cortázar’s mind-bending short story “Blow-Up,” we will spend a great deal of time discussing and writing about the evolution of ideas, characters, methods, and themes as they move from page to screen. Students will adapt a scene from literature (introducing them to the art of screenwriting and storyboarding), write film reviews, and produce analytical essays. Along the way, we will explore key critical concepts to the study of adaptation, such as genre, intertextuality, and authorship. English 395 is also an introduction to film studies in general (do you know what mise-en-scène means? I didn’t think so!). Be the envy of your friends when you go to the movies or watch Netflix and comment on the use of diegetic sound! NOTE: there are required film screenings outside of class time, so plan your schedule accordingly.
This course may substitute for 3 hours of your upper-division American OR British Literature requirements as long as you have not already used a substitution in the respective area; ask your advisor if you qualify!


425.001 Advanced Grammar TR 2:30-3:45 CRN: 21766
Heidi Huse
English Grammar in a Culturally Diverse America
Advanced Grammar focuses on the system and pattern of American English at the word and sentence levels. We’ll look closely at the specific elements in basic sentence patterns and parts of speech in formal usage in our current cultural context of language diversity and digital communication. We’ll examine those elements of grammar that remain foundational as English continues to evolve, as all languages do.
We will also look at grammar from a rhetorical perspective, particularly at the role it plays in establishing a writer’s/speaker’s ethos and in communicating effectively to any audience. Our central textbook will be Understanding English Grammar. Selected essays, stories, and articles can further help us to critique the role of grammatical evolution in a community’s or individual’s growth and empowerment. Teaching grammar, and considering the impact of increased grammatical awareness on our own writing, will be woven throughout the entire course.


445.001 American Novel to Faulkner MWF 1:00-1:50 CRN: 21685
Charles Bradshaw
American authors have been a fickle lot. Even as they have called for a uniquely American form of writing, they have self-consciously compared themselves to already-established literary traditions and standards from Europe. Even as they have celebrated an unspoiled land ripe for populating, they have been haunted by the consequences of its settling. We’ll look at various manifestations of these contradictions in eight American novels as we examine how geographical, familial, racial, literary, and political “legacies” left to American authors represent the difficulties of living and writing in America. We will move historically from what many call the first “American” novel, Charles Brockden Brown’s Wieland, or the Transformation, up through the nineteenth and into the twentieth century, finishing with Faulkner’s Go Down Moses, and Ralph Ellison’s classic of African American experience, Invisible Man. Along the way we’ll cover Catherine Marie Sedgewick, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, and Willa Cather.


494.001 Internship in English by Arrangement CRN: 21771
David Carithers

The Internship in English is an opportunity for students to gain experience in the use of both written and oral communications in the world of work. This internship is not monetarily compensated. Course performance is based on an agreement between the interning student and the Chair of the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages. The student will submit a portfolio of work to be evaluated. See the UT Martin Catalog for further information.


496.001 The Gothic in British Literature by Arrangement CRN: 22048
696.001 (Travel Study) CRN: 22049
Jeff Longacre

“Articulating different, popular and often marginalized forms of writing in periods and genres privileged as Romanticism, Realism and Modernism,” writes Fred Botting, “Gothic writing emerges as the thread that defines British literature.” This course will put Botting’s claim to the test by examining the influence and place of the Gothic in the larger British literary tradition through intensive study of the characteristics that make it a—if not the—definitive genre of British literature since the 18th Century. Beginning with proto-Gothic elements of medieval Romances and Shakespearean drama, we will turn our attention to definitive texts from the peak periods of the 18th and 19th Century to study its evolution as a genre and its lingering influence as a shadow or “stain” that haunts the darker corners of the tradition. Contact Dr. Longacre for more information if you are interested in this travel study opportunity!
NOTE: This class is only for students signed up for the May 2018 travel-study trip to England and Scotland! It can also be taken as HONR 200 or HONR 386 for students in the Honors Program.


499-001 Capstone (1 credit hour) T 9:30-10:45 CRN: 21732
Chris Hill

As the final course required of all English majors, Capstone gives you the opportunity to create a portfolio of your best writing as the culmination of your English studies. Constructed as a process-oriented class, Capstone will help hone critical thinking, research, writing, and editing skills as you expand and revise writing from previous classes. Capstone also will help you craft a graduate-length paper under the direction of department faculty. Whether you are preparing for graduate school, a career in teaching or writing, or if you’re looking to improve some of the skills you have developed over your college career, this course will give you concrete evidence to show others what you have accomplished.


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