Prerequisite: Completion of English 111 and 112 or their equivalents
305-001 The Art of the Essay MW 3:00-4:15 CRN: 41532
The sky’s the limit for essay writing in an oral, print, visual, and digital age! Essays today can be prepared for oral delivery as very traditionally-structured exposition, as letters, as online blogs, or as multi-modal exposition that encompasses all of the above. This semester we will examine the essay writing of others—from famed essayists writing about the essay itself, to “great American essays” on topics relevant to us today, to essays from the past, to a variety of online blogs and exposition, to focused single-topic essays. The essays that students read will inspire their own written, visual, digital, and multi-modal first person, second person, and third person audience-driven essay writing: personal narrative essays; source-based argumentation and calls to action; and reflective or research-based exposition. Students will leave the course with a variety of possibilities for not only college essays, but for every personal, professional, or civic writing purpose students might encounter as global citizens, local community members, writers, educators, and digital communicators.
311-001 Creative Nonfiction Workshop TR 1:00-2:15 CRN: 41560
The focus of this creative nonfiction workshop is memoir, defined as “a story from your life.” Students will be asked to write, workshop, and revise four short memoirs, which will be resubmitted as a portfolio at the end of the course. In addition, students can expect to read a variety of texts about the craft of memoir as well as examples of personal creative nonfiction. Be prepared to complete weekly journal assignments and reading responses.
325-001 Technical Communications TR 8:00-9:15 CRN: 41537
325-002 Technical Communications TR 9:30-10:45 CRN: 41543
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. The course 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.
335-001 Literature of the Holocaust TR 9:30-10:45 CRN: 41545
In September, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland, thus beginning World War II. When the war ended nearly six years later, tens of millions of European civilians—seen as subhuman obstacles to the Nazi agenda of racial purification and territorial expansion—were dead. This act of Nazi genocide had many victim groups, but when referring specifically to its Jewish victims, we call it the Holocaust.
In a new syllabus for the course, our class will focus on the experiences of women in the Holocaust, both victims and perpetrators. We’ll read two award-winning works of history—Between Dignity and Despair, by Marion Kaplan, and Wendy Lower’s Hitler’s Furies. And we’ll read eight internationally acclaimed works of literature, including Louis Begley’s Wartime Lies; The Journal of Helene Berr; Patrick Modiano’s Dora Bruder; and Rue Ordener, Rue Labat, by Sara Kofman. This reading will raise obvious questions—how could the Holocaust occur? Could it have been prevented? How was it a gendered experience? What can we learn from the Holocaust? And for us, as students of literature, there are additional, less obvious, questions: What does literature do for our understanding of the Holocaust that the work of other disciplines does not? Can literature be beautiful, even when it evokes one of the most horrifying acts of violence in history? Getting answers to these questions, and many others, is the work of our class.
Students in this course will, on a weekly basis, post questions on Canvas, discuss during class time, and react in writing to the assigned reading. There will also be two exams with in-class objective and take-home essay components. The research project is a work of New Historicist criticism that juxtaposes one of the books from our syllabus with another text.
This course is co-listed with the Women’s and Gender Studies Minor Program.
350-001 Women Writers MWF 11:00-11:50 CRN: 41520
Gender, Race, and Class
For decades, mystery and suspense novels written by women have not received the serious critical attention that they deserve. There is entertainment value and literary merit in mystery and suspense novels written by women who add to the resilient and diverse form of the genre. The range of works that fall under the scope of this course will challenge, engage, and even surprise and delight, as students are introduced to novels by several women writers representing diverse racial and social groups. The genre naturally lends itself to illuminating pervasive issues like sexism, racism, prejudice, and bigotry, becoming a powerful outlet for women writers to explore new perspectives. This course devotes coverage to African, African American, British, Latin, and LGBTQ women writers and characters, exploring how the context of the setting, the historical context, and the unique situations that come with these perspectives forced the genre to adapt and evolve.
380-001 Modern Drama MWF 11:00-12:15 CRN: 41553
580-001 CRN: 41554
Twentieth-century drama witnessed the move from realism to absurdism and beyond. It involved an examination of life in all its complexity. In this course, we will define and chart the evolution of modern drama through a survey of many of the representative plays of the twentieth century, including plays by American, British, Irish, and selected continental playwrights such as, Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, August Strindberg, J. M. Synge, Bertolt Brecht, Luigi Pirandello, Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, Lorraine Hansberry, Harold Pinter, Caryl Churchill, Brian Friel, and Tony Kushner.
425-001 Advanced Grammar TR 2:30-3:45 CRN: 41339
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 evolves, as all languages do. We will also look at grammar from a rhetorical perspective, particularly its role 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. Grammar centered exercises, quizzes, and short reflective essays will be assigned throughout the semester. A final course research paper and presentation, along with a final exam, will be required for completion of this course. Teaching grammar, and considering the importance of increased grammatical awareness in fields such as editing and publishing—as well as on our own writing—will be woven throughout the entire course.
480-001 Chaucer MWF 11:00-11:50 CRN: 41512
580-001 CRN: 41513
English 480 considers one of the greatest writers in the canon of British literature: Geoffrey Chaucer. As a writer, Chaucer was experimental in his use of various literary forms (romance, fabliau, saint’s legend, lyric, and epic). Most readers now are drawn to the sense of irony and humor that he develops in his texts concerning the state of the world and human actions. Chaucer is a poet of his age—the late fourteenth century—but his works also transcend those bounds. We will consider not only his well-known Canterbury Tales, but also his romance epic Troilus and Criseyde and the elegiac Book of the Duchess. Chaucer will be seen both as a typical medieval poet as well as an exemplary writer.
485-001 Shakespeare MWF 11:00-11:50 CRN: 41521
685-001 CRN: 41522
This will be a broad introduction to Shakespeare’s dramatic writing, focusing on a few political tragedies as well as some of the more complicated problem comedies. The centerpiece of the course will be three history plays that examine political lessons from the reigns of Richard II and Henry IV. Our texts will include useful ancillary materials to discuss as a class, and we will use film adaptations to talk about choices of staging and interpretation. Students can expect to do both formal and informal writing about the plays.
494-001 Internship in English by Arrangement CRN: 41565
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.
499-001 Capstone (1 credit hour) T 11:00-12:15 CRN: 41547
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.