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Department of English

Graduate Studies

2011-2014 Curriculum

Below is the graduate program's planned curriculum for 2011-2014. We offer graduate seminars in a range of period and national literatures, film, and creative writing.

In addition to the required courses and courses in areas of concentration, the Graduate Program offers two "Special Topics" courses each semester. Each "Special Topics" course is designed to showcase the instructor's current research and scholarship.

Specific course numbers, titles, and detailed course descriptions will be posted on URI's ecampus and on the Department webpage prior to the start of each semester.

Please visit Course Descriptions to see current offerings, archived descriptions for F2008/S2009, F2009/S2010, F2010/S2011, and Graduate Courses for a complete list of courses.

Course Descriptions Fall 2009

Courses are taught at URI's Kingston campus and at the Feinstein Campus in Providence.

Please note that this is a planned curriculum and schedule and staffing may change. Check Course Descriptions on Department website before registering.

Fall 2011
Required Courses:

  • ENG 514: History of Critical Theory (Professor Mandel)
  • ENG 510: Introduction to Professional Study I (Professor Karno)
  • WRT 512: Studies in Rhetorical Theory*
    (*indicates a class is required for those students specializing in Writing and Rhetoric)

Areas of Concentration

  • ENG 555: British and World Literature 1800-1914: Victorian Psychology and the Novel (Professor Betensky)

Special Topics:

  • ENG 660: Romaticism and Judgment: Rhetoric, Imagination, Politics, Ethics. (Professor Jones)
  • ENG 620: Worked: Class and Labor in Contemporary US Multiethnic Literature (Professor Valentino)

Spring 2012
Required Courses:

  • ENG 511: Introduction to Professional Study II (Karno)
  • WRT 645: Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition (Professor Druschke)*
  • WRT 647: Seminar in Research Methods (Professor Pennell)*
    (*indicates a class is required for those students specializing in Writing and Rhetoric)

Areas of Concentration:

  • ENG 557: British and World Literature 1914-Present: After Empire, Beyond Nation (Professor Trimm)
  • ENG 543: Studies in 19th-Century American Texts: Reading the Antebellum City (Professor Faflik)
  • ENG 605: U.S. and World Literature 1914-present: Readings in Mid-Century and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics (Professor Covino)
  • ENG 625: Film Studies: Seminar in Media (Professor Chadha)

Special Topics:

  • ENG 610: Medieval Literature and Postcolonial Studies (Professor Davis)

Fall 2012
Required Courses:

  • ENG 514: Studies in Critical Theories (Professor Barber)
  • ENG 510: Introduction to Professional Study I (Professor Stein)
  • WRT 512: Studies in Rhetorical Theory*
    (*indicates a class is required for those students specializing in Writing and Rhetoric)

Areas of Concentration

  • ENG 557: British and World Literature 1914-present: Studies in British Texts after 1900: Habit and Habitation (Professor Walton)
  • ENG 625: Topics in African Diaspora Cinema (Professor Gititi)

Special Topics:

  • ENG 590: Special Topics: Digital Humanities (Professor Karno)

Spring 2013
Required Courses:

  • ENG 511: Introduction to Professional Study II (Professor Stein)
  • WRT 524: Histories and Theories of Writing Instruction*
  • WRT 645: Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition*
    (*indicates a class is required for those students specializing in Writing and Rhetoric)

Areas of Concentration:

  • ENG 543: Studies in 19th Century American Texts: Melville and Historical Method: Texts, Archives, Contexts (Professor Faflik)
  • ENG 605: Semiar in Genres: Psychoanalysis and the Victorian Novel (Professor Betensky)
  • ENG 610: Graduate Seminar in Historical Periods: Enlightenment Aesthetics

Special Topics:

  • ENG 601: Special Topics: Creative Writing: Literary Nonfiction (Professor Cappello)
  • Special Topics (Professor Gititi)

Fall 2013
Required Courses:

  • ENG 510: Introduction to Professional Study I (Professor Pennell)
  • ENG 514: Studies in Critical Theories: History of Critical Theories (Professor Betensky)
  • WRT 512: Studies in Rhetorical Theory*
    (*indicates a class is required for those students specializing in Writing and Rhetoric)

Areas of Concentration:

  • ENG 560: Studies in European Texts: On the Senile Sublime (Professor Barber)
  • ENG 601: Creative Writing Seminar in Poetry (Professor Covino)

Special Topics

  • ENG 590: Special Topics: US Literature and Culture after 1945 After "Generation X" (Professor Mandel)

Spring 2014
Required Courses:

  • ENG 511: Introduction to Professional Study II (Professor Trimm)

Areas of Concentration:

  • ENG 610: British and World Literature 1800-1914: Romanticism Secularism, and Idea of Consolation (Professor Jones)
  • WRT 645: Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition:* Archives and Archival Structure in Rhetoric and Composition (Professor Schwegler)
  • WRT 647: Seminar in Research Methods:* Rhetoric and Composition Studies (Professor Druscke)
  • ENG 650/GWS 500: Seminar in Critical Theory: Feminism, Gender and the Body (Professor Walton)

    (*indicates a class is required for those students specializing in Writing and Rhetoric)

Special Topics

  • ENG 540: Studies in American Texts Before 1815: Oceanic Early American Studies (Professor Rojas)
  • ENG 620: The Afterlife of Culture: Narrative, Nation, Metaculture (Professor Trimm)