Course Descriptions: Graduate, Fall 2018

For up-to-date information on class times, see the University Schedule of Classes.

26:200:550:01, MFA Fiction Workshop I, Dark

  • In this course students work as a group to improve their short stories. Each week three stories written by class members will be discussed. Assigned readings offer another angle on how fiction works.

26:200:550:02, MFA Fiction Workshop I, Jones

26:200:552:01, MFA Fiction Workshop III, Dark

26:200:552:02, MFA Fiction Workshop III, Jones

26:200:554, MFA Poetry Workshop I, Hong

26:200:554, MFA Poetry Workshop I, Shaughnessy

26:200:556, MFA Poetry Workshop III, Hong

26:200:556, MFA Poetry Workshop III, Shaughnessy

26:200:563, MFA Craft of Fiction, Dark

  • This course offers a solid grounding in craft techniques and terms that will be relevant to both creative and critical work in the MFA. Methods include close readings of recently published short stories, a textbook, and exercises.

26:200:567, Writers at Newark, Hong

26:350:503, Intro to Grad Literary Studies, Larson

26:350:533, Chaucer, Heffernan

  • The course will focus on “intertextuality”: the relationship between the Tales of Canterbury themselves and their dialogue with texts outside of Chaucer, especially analogues in Boccaccio’s Decameron. Consideration will also be given to non-Canterbury Chaucer.

26:350:559, The Eighteenth Century: Gothic Fiction, Lynch

  • An exploration of Gothic fiction, from its eighteenth-century beginnings to the present, in Britain and America. Readings will include well-known works like Frankenstein, "Fall of the House of Usher," and Dracula, as well as less familiar examples of the genre. Topics for discussion will include psychoanalytic, postcolonial, feminist, and queer takes on horror fiction.

26:350:580, Studies in Poetry: Poetry in Translation, Hadas

  • Translation has always had many cultural and political ramifications and implications.  What exactly does literary translation entail?What are some of the choices and dilemmas facing translators of poetry in particular?  Many of the texts high school and  college students and teachers of literature read and teach are translations, yet such questions are often glossed over.
  • In this course we move between theory and practice, studying what some notable theorists and practitioners of translation from the recent and not so recent past have said on this subject.  In addition, students will be working all semester on their own individual translation projects (preferably but not necessarily poetry).  This way we all get to experience the translator's dilemma firsthand.  In addition, several distinguished poet/translators will be visiting our seminar.
  • Course is open to both MFA and MA students.  Working knowledge of a foreign language is desirable but not absolutely required.


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