Spring 2019: 5000-Level and Above Courses

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English 5189s/CompStd 5189s: Ohio Field School
Cassie Patterson
The Ohio Field Schools course provides an introduction to ethnographic field methods (participant-observation, writing field notes, photographic documentation, audio-interviewing), archiving and the public exhibition of research for both undergraduates and graduate students. Students will contribute to a team-based, immersive research project designed to document the ways that diverse communities express and preserve a sense of place in the face of economic, environmental and cultural change. This semester-long, experientially-based course will consist of three parts:
1. Introduction to fieldwork (on Ohio State campus in Columbus)
2. A one-week field experience in Scioto County during spring break (where students will reside together on-site)
3. Accessioning, digital gallery preparation and reflection (on Ohio State campus in Columbus.
Thus, throughout the semester, students will practice all of the skills necessary to construct a permanent record of local expressive culture that will be accessible to future researchers and community members. Participation in all parts of the course is required.

*Advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to enroll in 5000-level courses.*

English 5191: Promotional Media Internship
 Scott DeWitt

This internship opportunity will offer students experience in creating timely, relevant and compelling short-form promotional media (primarily video and audio) for the Department of English. Students will work closely with their supervisor as well as with key communications personnel to develop projects and set priorities and deadlines. English 5191, Promotional Media Internship, will be intensely hands-on and focus almost exclusively on digital media production and related work-management skills in professional settings. This internship site requires students to work both independently and collaboratively. This internship opportunity is especially applicable to English majors who would like to develop their digital media skills in a workplace setting and for those who have digital media skills with nowhere to apply them. 

Students with digital media skills are encouraged to enroll.  However, media skills are NOT a pre-requisite; students will learn all media skills necessary for the class. (This internship does not fulfill the digital media requirement for the Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy concentration in the English Major.)

*Advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to enroll in 5000-level courses.*

English 5664: Studies in Graphic Narrative: Comics, History and Time
Jared Gardner
This course will examine the ways in which graphic narrative considers new ways of narrating history and representing time. We will look at a wide range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, including works by Chris Ware, Jason Lutes, Joe Sacco, Rutu Modan, Emil Ferris, and Kyle Baker.

*Advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to enroll in 5000-level courses.*

English 5723.01/02: Graduate Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

*Advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to enroll in 5000-level courses.*

English 5804: Analyzing Language in Social Media
Lauren Squires, Marie-Catherine de Marneffe
This course will approach the study of language and interaction in social media from both theoretical and practical angles. From the theoretical side, we will explore why social media are of interest for linguistic and other social science researchers, focusing on previous research findings about communicative behavior in social media. From the practical side, we will teach students to perform analysis of social media behavior, covering all steps in the research process from data collection/selection to quantitative and qualitative analysis and reporting. Students in the course will learn to think more critically about these daily media practices and their role in society, and they will also gain hands-on skills they can take to their future endeavors. No previous experience in linguistics or programming is required, though some background in the study of language will be helpful.

*Advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to enroll in 5000-level courses.*

English 6718.01/02: Introduction to Graduate Study in Chaucer

English 6736.01/02: Introduction to Graduate Study in the Restoration and 18th Century
Roxann Wheeler
An introduction to graduate study in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century, ENG 7637 will focus on the new genres of the long eighteenth century, including the modern novel, the slave narrative (in fact and fiction), and the emergence of the modern history of emotion, particularly sensibility and sympathy. All three phenomena are linked, but separately they afford an opportunity to investigate recent significant scholarship on fiction before realism becomes the norm; the literary protest of the status quo, especially in regard to women, the underclasses, and heterosexuality; and how sensibility and sympathy were both rearticulated from class-bound emotions into social activism. Our readings of fiction and non-fiction will note the various ways that England shifted from a society articulated mainly through rank, masculine privilege, and Christianity to a nation also articulated through Enlightenment formations of gender and race, including the forces of capitalism and sentiment.  By the end of the course, you should have a solid introduction to the way that this field has broached the theory and histories of the novel, the ways that class, gender, and race formations shaped the formal features of the novel, and the way that the history of sensibility emerged as a fraught legacy of the Enlightenment.

Likely Texts:

Aphra Behn, Oroonoko; or the Royal Slave (1688)
Thomas Southerne, Oroonoko; a Tragedy (1695)
Inkle and Yarico in prose fiction, poetry, and comic opera (1711-1788)
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (1719)
Eliza Haywood, Philidore and Placentia; or L’amour trop Delicat (1727)
Samuel Richardson, Pamela; or Virtue Rewarded (1741)
Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759)
Sarah Scott, Millenium Hall (1762)
Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, The African (1789)
William Godwin, Caleb Williams (1794)
Anonymous, The Woman of Colour (1808)

Likely Assignments:
One presentation on a material and literary phenomenon with paper, final longer research paper

English 6747.01/02: Introduction to Graduate Study in British Literature of the Victorian Period
Jill Galvan
This course is designed to familiarize you with some of the major literary figures of the Victorian era and with its principal artistic, social, and historical concerns.  Some of the historical topics we will explore are industrialization and the increasing influence of the middle class; the “woman question” and debates about gender and sexuality; the rise of science as a professional category and its effects on religion and art; and the political and moral discourse surrounding imperialism.  In conjunction with these explorations, we will be looking at some of the era’s more striking (artistically or commercially) literary forms and formations, including the dramatic monologue, the sensation novel, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and the Aesthetic/Decadent movement.  Authors are tentative but might include (for novels) Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and/or Oscar Wilde and (for poetry) Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, and Gerard Manley Hopkins.

English 6756.02/22: Introduction to Graduate Study American Literature, 1840-1914
Beth Hewitt
This course is designed to introduce students to graduate study in antebellum and postbellum U.S. literature. Our focus will be to study a handful of the major writers of the nineteenth century and also to consider—and test the limits of—the standard literary periodization of the century, from Romanticism to Realism. Reading a handful of the major authors of the period including (in rough chronological order) Thoreau, Melville, Dickinson, Whitman, Fanny Fern, Alcott, Delany, Norris, Chesnutt, Sui Sin Far, Henry James and probably some others. Our task will be to study the literary archive of the developing nation in the context of larger political, social and aesthetic trends. We will think about the establishment of a ‘national literature’ in the context of the Civil War and the rising imperialist agenda of the United States. We will think about the ways that the canon designed the ‘American Renaissance’ only took shape in the 20th century. We will think about the ways that 19th century literature both expresses and represses the multicultural constuency of its citizens. We will think about the competing aesthetic theories offered by authors in the period and the multitude of purposes to which authors, readers and publishers used imaginative writing.

Class requirements will include a lot of reading (including at least two hefty novels, Moby-Dick and Portrait of a Lady), active participation, two short response papers and the first draft of a longer research essay.

English 6758.01: Introduction to Graduate Study in U.S. Ethnic Literature and Culture
Jian Chen
This seminar explores the basis for racial comparison and solidarity in twenty-first century critical ethnic studies. We will return to the early movements and works that established ethnic studies as an academic field at the university by the late 1960s and will follow the field's growth through recognized scholarship and frameworks by the 1990s. What are the multiple approaches to racial critique produced through ethnic studies by the early twenty-first century? How do these approaches theorize and mobilize relationships and solidarities between different racial groups and histories? And how connected are these approaches to the current re-energizing of movements for racial, indigenous, gender, and sexual liberation? The seminar will consider feminist, queer, transgender, and disability methods and subjects to be vital to critical ethnic studies.

English 6763.01: Graduate Workshop in Poetry
Marcus Jackson
A graduate-level workshop in the writing of poetry.

English 6763.02: Graduate Workshop in Poetry
Kathy Fagan Grandinetti
A graduate-level workshop in the writing of poetry.

English 6764.01/02: Graduate Workshop in Screenwriting
Angus Fletcher
In this course, we'll use the skills you've developed in your graduate fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction classes to write a television pilot or feature-length script. Instead of imposing a universal screenwriting structure, we'll work together to analyze your creative influences (in any medium, from music to visual arts to lyric poetry to serial narrative) to tailor a story structure to your own personal creative, cultural, social, and aesthetic commitments. Then we'll develop a film or television concept that reflects these personal commitments, and you'll begin drafting it with an eye to eventual submission to Sundance Lab, the Nicholl, the Fox Writers Intensive, or another major screenwriting fellowship.

English 6765.01: Graduate Workshop in Fiction
Nick White
This is the workshop for MFA students in fiction. MFA students in creative writing (in other genres) with significant background in the writing of fiction may also enroll (for poets and nonfiction writers with limited experience, 6765.02 is the appropriate course). We will begin with a number of short writing exercises and readings and soon progress to workshopping your stories. There will also be a focus on revision at the end of the semester.

English 6765.01: Graduate Workshop in Fiction
Lee Martin
This is a version of our graduate workshop in fiction intended primarily for poets and essayists from our MFA program who wish to try their hands at writing short stories. Each student will produce two pieces of fiction and significantly revise one of them by semester's end.

English 6768.01: Graduate Workshop in Creative Nonfiction
Elissa Washuta
A graduate-level workshop in the writing of creative nonfiction.

English 6769: Special Topics in Creative Writing
Michelle Herman
This spring's iteration of the special topics course for MFA students will cover all aspects of professionalization. We will workshop public readings of your own work (with full critiques and repeat performances before a panel of "judges"), job talks for teaching positions, book proposals, approaches to literary agents (both in writing and in person), introduction-essays for visiting writers (an art in itself, and we will workshop both the writing and the performance of these), and other written and oral presentations. We will also address all other aspects of the profession beyond graduate school, with weekly topics and assignments. This seminar is appropriate for students in all genres and at all stages of the program, but it will be most useful for those in their final semester and in the second half of their second year.

English 7817.01/02: Seminar in Early Medieval English Literature: The Mind-Body Problem in Early Medieval Europe
Leslie Lockett
Old English poets were preoccupied with the behaviors of the human mind: they depict the mind seething with intense emotions, bursting out from its seat in the organ of the heart, opening wide to embrace intellectual or spiritual enlightenment, and ultimately experiencing decay and death along with the rest of the body. The mind of Old English poetry thus bears little resemblance to the rational, incorporeal, immortal mind that appears in the dominant theological and philosophical discourses of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. In this seminar we will first study literary portrayals of the Old English “mind-in-the-heart” and work outwards to consider other early medieval concepts of the mind-body relationship and diverse methodological approaches to understanding them. We will explore whether the “mind-in-the-heart” of Old English poetry was a part of medieval Germanic folk belief; whether it is possible for present-day readers to recover the relationship between medieval poetic idioms and folk beliefs; and how multiple strands of belief about the nature of the human mind clashed with one another during the first millennium CE, focusing especially on materialist folk psychologies, Neoplatonist and Stoic philosophies of mind, and medical doctrines. Previous knowledge of Old English is not a prerequisite for this course, but students who have experience with Old English, Latin, and other medieval European languages will be encouraged to work with the primary sources in their original languages (especially for their research projects and seminar presentations), while others will do the assigned readings in Modern English translation. Our readings will include Old English poetic narratives about the mind, significant Latin prose treatises on the nature of the human mind and its relationship with the flesh, and other primary sources (both literary and philosophical) that the students in the seminar identify in the course of their research. (Undergraduates with experience in Old English and/or Latin: please contact Professor Lockett if you are interested in enrolling in English or MedRen 4193 in order to participate in this seminar under an Independent Study course number.)

English 7817.01/02: Seminar in Later Medieval English Literature: Boundaries of the Secular in Late Medieval England
Ethan Knapp
One of the perennial challenging aspect of later Medieval culture is the way in which the boundaries between the theological and secular seem to line up in ways so unlike those of the modern world.  This course examines these boundaries and blurred faultlines, beginning with theoretical work in Political Theology and then looking at three clusters of texts: 1) those that compound theology with the ideals of chivalry; 2) those that mix the sacred with eroticism; and, 3) those that present spiritual visions admixes with personal autobiography.  We will conclude by looking at recent work by scholars working across the modern/premodern divide to try to specify some of these differences for ourselves.

English 7861.01/02: Studies in Narrative and Narrative Theory: Narratives of Medical Experience and Narrative Theory
Instructor: James Phelan

Narrative Medicine is built on the assumption that narrative competence enhances medical competence, but it is a field that is still working out the consequences of that assumption. This seminar contributes to that effort by establishing a three-way dialogue among medical narratives in different media, work in narrative medicine and narrative theory, with a special emphasis on a rhetorical approach. How does reclaiming the centrality of narrative to the processes of illness, diagnosis, treatment and recovery (or the impossibility of recovery) change the way both practitioners and patients experience those processes? What happens to medical practice when patients are approached as people with stories rather than lists of symptoms?

This focus on practice and people also feeds back into the project of narrative theory. To what extent has the field unwisely displaced the mind and body of tellers and audiences with theoretical tools based on assumptions about universal structures? 

English 7871.01: Seminar in Forms of Literature
Kathy Fagan Grandinetti

English 7872.01/02: Studies in the English Language—Discourse Analysis
Gabriella Modan
For students interested in examining discourse as part of a social science or humanities research project, this course will provide you with tools to analyze discourse structure and the relation of linguistic patterns to patterns of social and political interaction. Drawing from subfields such as interactional sociolinguistics, pragmatics, ethnography of communication, and critical discourse analysis, we will explore how the contexts of various spheres of social interaction both construct and are constructed by discourse that occurs in or in relation to them.  The approach that we will take to analyzing texts is a micro one, focusing on the ways in which the details of linguistic structure connect to spheres of social engagement. Feel free to email me with any questions: modan.1@osu.edu

English 7878.01/02: Seminar in Film and Media Studies— Film/Television/Narrative/Seriality
Sean O’Sullivan
Television and film have supposedly been converging, over the last decade.  But their histories, as moving picture serial narratives, have been entwined for much longer.  What do we mean now by “television,” and what do we mean by “film,” as narrative, aesthetic, and cultural practices?  Why have so many landmark works, originally produced for the small screen, been re-appropriated (by artists and critics alike) as cinema?  A recurring subject for the class will be the tension between the episodic and the serial—between individual aesthetic experiences and sprawling fictional universes.  We will examine a selection of television series, and a range of films, to consider how storytelling, art, and style have operated within each medium, and between media, examining the complicated intersections of several fields and issues: film studies, narratology, literature, media studies, visual culture, and the segmented organization of experience.

English 7879.01/.02: Seminar in Rhetoric
Instructor: Christa Teston

English 7881.04/.44: Teaching Business and Professional Communication
Instructor: Jonathan Buehl

English 7890.01/.02: Seminar in Feminist Studies in Literature and CulturePrecarious Rhetorics: Gender, Race and the Global Right

Instructor: Wendy Hesford

Feminists have turned toward the concept of precarity to account for contemporary forms of political violence and to understand human interdependencies, obligations and ethical responsibilities. This seminar will approach precarity as a discourse of public persuasion that is enacted materially on bodies and communities. We will explore the potential of precarity as an analytic for research in feminist cultural studies, literary and rhetoric, writing and literacy studies. We will also consider how material rhetorical analysis can help elucidate the institutional machinations of precarity, including pedagogical iterations and activists’ mobilizations of precarious subjectivities as forms of political resistance. Readings span a range of genres, including theoretical and critical essays, public policy documents, literary works, art activism, multimodal projects and documentary film/video. 


English 8858.01/.02: Seminar in Folklore—Digital Folklore
Instructor: Merrill Kaplan

We used to think of folklore as oral tradition, but much of our vernacular expression today takes place in electronic form. Some old genres have easily made the leap to new media, among them jokes, urban legends, and rumors. New medium-specific genres have emerged: hashtags, prank videos, photoshop lore, and more. Some genres seem frivolous, like reaction GIFs and memes. Some may have played an important role in swinging a national election, like fake news—and memes. A few internet creations, like Slenderman and Rickrolling, have spilled out of the Internet into the offline world. Scholars have been accustomed to studying localized ͞artistic communication in small groups͟ now must grapple with sometimes anonymous communities that interact solely in virtual spaces from the Wikipedia talk pages to 4chan to Twitter. This course examines digital folklore from the first chain emails to today’s Web 2.0. We’ll read Whitney Phillips’ and Ryan M. Milner’s The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online and Limor Shifman’s Memes in Digital Culture among other works by both folklorists and media scholars. We’ll try to get a grip on what happened when virtual worlds opened up to everyday people and what’s happening now.