Department of English

www.english.tamu.edu

Head: Maura Ives

Graduate Advisor: Sally Robinson

The graduate program in English offers courses leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. The department offers training that features a range of methods and approaches to English-language literature and culture while emphasizing skills in written and oral communication, critical investigation and analysis, and mastery of both traditional and emerging areas within the field of English. Graduate work in English prepares students for teaching careers in universities and community colleges, and potentially also for careers in writing, editing and other professional and business fields.

ENGL 602 First Year Seminar

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Comprehensive introduction to theory, method, and practice of graduate scholarship in English; develops familiarity with goals and practices of English studies, enhance research skills, formulate and articulate scholarship goals and projects, and practice writing genres within the field.
Prerequisite: Enrollment as a first-year PhD student.

ENGL 603 Bibliography and Literary Research

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Introduction of basic techniques of research and scholarly procedure in literature; research reports.

ENGL 604 Topics in Digital Research

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in the studies of digital humanities; introduction to making/ interpreting digital materials, the surrogates of books, paintings, etc. , that form our cultural heritage, as well as digitally-born literature, art and culture; reflection on digital cultures/ digital archives; theory and practice of creating and researching digital resources. May be taken three times for credit.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ENGL 607 Topics in Medieval Literature and Culture

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in history, theory, and interpretation of Medieval Literature and culture; may cover Old or Middle English; may include study of varied cultural forms, manuscript or editing problems, genres, and themes. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 608 Readings in Medieval Literature

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Wide reading in English literature of the Medieval period; introduction of major figures, genres, and issues in the period; introduction to current critical conversations in Medieval literary studies.

ENGL 610/LING 610 Topics in the History of the English Language

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in the development of the English language; may include phonological, grammatical and lexical histories; study of social and political contexts; relationships between English and other languages.
Cross Listing: LING 610/ENGL 610. May be taken three times for credit as content varies. Credit cannot be given for both ENGL 610/LING 610 and LING 610/ENGL 610 in the same semester.

ENGL 611 Topics in Early Modern Literature and Culture

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in the history, theory, interpretation of Early Modern literature and culture; may focus on authors, groups of authors, themes, movements, genres, cultural contexts and/or theoretical framing. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 613 Readings in Early Modern Literature

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Wide reading in English literature of the Early Modern period; introduction of major figures, genres, and issues in the period; introduction to current critical conversations in Early Modern literary studies, including historical and social contexts.

ENGL 618 Readings in Eighteenth-Century British Literature

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Wide reading in British literature of the 18th Century; introduction of major figures, genres, and issues in the period; introduction to current critical conversations in 18th Century literary studies, including historical and social contexts.

ENGL 622 Elements of Creative Writing

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Creative writing in major forms; produce original work while reading models by masters; may include performance, group work, written and peer critiques.

ENGL 623 Topics in Creative Writing

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in the theory and practice of creative writing; may focus on writing techniques; theories of composition in the major genres; theory, history, and interpretation of literary forms and composition. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 624 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Writing workshop, with peer critique; may include discussion of literary and critical texts; major genres. May be taken three times for credit as instructor varies.
Prerequisite: ENGL 622 or approval of instructor.

ENGL 634 Readings in Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Wide reading in British literature of the 19th Century; introduction of major figures, genres, and issues in the period; introduction to current critical conversations in 19th Century literary studies, including historical and social contexts.

ENGL 638 Topics in 18th and 19th Century British Literature and Culture

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in the history, theory, interpretation of 18th and/or 19th Century British literature and culture; may focus on authors, groups of authors, themes, movements, genres, cultural contexts and/or theoretical framing. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 640 Topics in Children's Literature and Culture

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in the history, theory, and interpretation of children's literature and other cultural forms; may focus on genres, critical and theoretical methods, social and historical contexts. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 642 Topics in Genre

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in selected genres and subgenres of literary and cultural production; may focus on historical development and/or context, generic conventions, theoretical approaches. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 645 Topics in Gender, Literature, and Culture

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in literature (especially women's writing), culture, and gender; may include issues such as feminism, masculinities, race, and sexualities; may be taken up to three times for credit.

ENGL 650 Readings in 20th and 21st Century Literature and Culture

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Wide reading in 20th and 21st Century literature; introduction of major figures, genres, and issues in the period; introduction to current critical conversations in modern and postmodern literary studies, including historical and social contexts.

ENGL 653 Topics in 20th and 21st Century Literature and Culture

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in the history, theory, interpretation of 20th and 21st Century literature and culture; may focus on authors, groups of authors, themes, movements, genres, cultural contexts and/or theoretical framing. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 654/COMM 654 Classical Rhetoric

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Origins of rhetoric in classical Greece and Rome; exploration of the relationship between philosophy, rhetoric and democratic political culture; the contemporary relevance of classical thought to contemporary problems.
Cross Listing: COMM 654/ENGL 654.

ENGL 655/COMM 655 Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Investigation of the major figures in rhetorical theory in the 20th and 21st centuries; analysis of the relationship between rhetoric and power; identifying new challenges for rhetoric in global, multicultural, technological age.
Cross Listing: COMM 655/ENGL 655.

ENGL 658 Topics in Film History

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in the history of the production, reception, and institutional contexts of cinema; may focus on national cinemas, genres, movements, styles, film industries, film's relation to other media. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 659 Topics in Film Theory

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in theory of film production, reception, and interpretation; may focus on film's relation to other media, on film theory's relation to other theoretical areas, on the interdisciplinary nature of film theory and film studies. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 665 Topics in Cultural/Interdisciplinary Studies

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in history, theory, and practice of cultural studies and/or interdisciplinary studies; may focus on authors, schools, methods, genres, themes, or problems in rhetoric, discourse, and cultural studies. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 666 Topics in Textual Studies and Book History

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in the theory and practice of textual studies and book history; may focus on the book as material object, histories of printing and other technologies, digital humanities, book production and distribution, research methodologies. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 667 Topics in the History and Theory of Rhetoric

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Issues and topics in the history and theory of rhetoric; may focus on rhetorical analysis of literature and other written and oral texts; theoretical issues in rhetoric and culture; social and historical contexts for rhetorical analysis; historical periods, themes, methods or genres. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 669 Topics in African American and Africana Literature and Culture

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in the history, theory, interpretation of African American and African literature and culture; may focus on authors, groups of authors, themes, movements, genres, cultural contexts and/or theoretical framing. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 670 Topics in Latino/a Literature and Culture

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in the history, theory, interpretation of Latino/a literature and culture; may focus on authors, groups of authors, themes, movements, genres, cultural contexts and/or theoretical framing. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 671 Readings in American Literature to 1900

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Wide reading in American literature from its beginnings through the 19th Century; introduction of major figures, genres, and issues in the period; introduction to current critical conversations in pre-1900 American literary studies, including historical and social contexts.

ENGL 672 Topics in American Literature and Culture to 1900

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in the history, theory, interpretation of American literature and culture before 1900; may focus on authors, groups of authors, themes, movements, genres, cultural contexts and/or theoretical framing. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 673 Topics in Transnational Literature and Culture

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in theory and interpretation of transnational literature and culture; may focus on definitions of the transnational; on the relationships between the transnational and the global; on methods for study; on new configurations of literature and culture. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 680/WGST 680 Theories of Gender

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Theories of gender, sexualities, feminism, embodiment, and difference with particular focus on their relationship to literary and cultural studies; emphasis on contemporary theoretical positions, discourses, and debates.
Cross Listing: WGST 680/ENGL 680.

ENGL 681 Seminar in English

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

Presentations by faculty, students and visiting scholars based on current research. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification in English.

ENGL 683 Topics in Theory

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Critical theory for English Studies; may focus on history, themes, methods, issues, new developments, interdisciplinary contexts. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

ENGL 685 Directed Studies

Credits 1 to 6. 1 to 6 Other Hours.

Readings to supplement the student's knowledge of English or American literature or of the English language in areas not studied in other courses; research papers.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification and approval of department head.

ENGL 689 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours.

Selected topics in an identified area of English. May be repeated for credit.

ENGL 691 Research

Credits 1 to 23. 1 to 23 Other Hours.

Research for thesis or dissertation.

ENGL 695 Publication and Professionalization

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

For advanced PhD students in English. Discussion of publication and professionalization; standards and practices of publication in academic journals; academic job market; writing, revision, and submission of scholarly articles. To be taken as S/U only.
Prerequisite: Must have completed coursework in English.

ENGL 697 Pedagogy

Credits 3. 3 Other Hours.

Theories of teaching literature, composition, or rhetoric; pedagogical approaches and methods; supervised teaching; evaluation of current research and its relation to pedagogical practice; designed to assist students in their first teaching experience.

LING 602 Topics in Sociolinguistics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in the study of language and society; may focus on language use and change; how social variable affect language use and change; different theoretical approaches; issues and controversies. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

LING 610/ENGL 610 Topics in the History of the English Language

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in the development of the English language; may include phonological, grammatical and lexical histories; study of social and political contexts; relationships between English and other languages.
Cross Listing: ENGL 610/LING 610. May be taken three times for credit as content varies. Credit cannot be given for both ENGL 610/LING 610 and LING 610/ENGL 610 in the same semester.

LING 670 Topics in Discourse Analysis

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in linguistic and discourse analysis; possible topics include discourse and identity, language and gender, register studies, ethnography of communication, linguistics and literature. May be taken three times for credit as content varies.

LING 685 Directed Studies

Credits 1 to 6. 1 to 6 Other Hours.

Readings to supplement the student's knowledge of English language and linguistics in areas not studied in other courses.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification and approval of department head.

Alonzo, Juan, Associate Professor
English
PHD, University of Texas, 2003

Balester, Valerie, Professor
English
PHD, The University of Texas - Austin, 1998

Bendixen, Alfred, Professor Emeritas
English
PHD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979

Berthold, Dennis, Professor Emeritas
English
PHD, University of Wisconsin - madison, 1972

Bhattacharya, Nandini, Professor
English
PHD, University of Rochester, 1992

Boenig, Robert, Professor
English
PHD, Rutgers University, 1978

Clark, William, Professor
English
PHD, Louisiana State University & A&M College, 1973

Collins, Michael, Associate Professor
English
PHD, Columbia University, 1999

Cooper, Rich, Lecturer
English
PHD, Louisiana State University, 2011

Delnegro, Giovanna, Associate Professor
English
PHD, Indiana University, 1999

Dickson, Donald, Professor
English
PHD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1981

Duplessis, Nicole, Lecturer
English
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2008

Dworkin, Ira, Assistant Professor
English
PHD, City University of New York, 2003

Earhart, Amy, Associate Professor
English
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1999

Egenolf, Susan, Associate Professor
English
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1995

Eide, Marian, Associate Professor
English
PHD, University of Pennsylvania, 1994

Estill, Laura, Assistant Professor
English
PHD, Wayne State University, 2010

Ezell-Mainzer, Margaret, Distinguished Professor
English
PHD, Cambridge University, 1981

Griffin, Robert, Associate Professor
English
PHD, Yale University, 1985

Harner, James, Professor Emeritas
English
PHD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1972

Harris, Jason, Lecturer
English
PHD, University of Washington, 2001

Hoagwood, Terence, Professor
English
PHD, University of Maryland, 1979

Hodgson, Lucia, Assistant Professor
English
PHD, University of Southern California, 2009

Howell, Jessica, Assistant Professor
English
PHD, University of California, Davis, 2008

Ives, Maura, Professor
English
PHD, University of Virginia, 1990

Jackson, Shona, Associate Professor
English
PHD, Stanford University, 2005

Johansen Aase, Emily, Associate Professor
English
PHD, McMaster University, 2008

Kallendorf, Craig, Professor
English
PHD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982

Kendall, Shari, Associate Professor
English
PHD, Georgetown University, 1999

Loving, Jerome, Distinguished Professor
English
PHD, Duke University, 1973

Machann, Clinton, Professor
English
PHD, University of Texas, 1976

Mandell, Laura, Professor
English
PHD, Cornell University, 1992

Matthews, Pamela, Professor
English
PHD, Duke University, 1988

McCann, Janet, Professor
English
PHD, University of Pittsburgh, 1974

McWhirter, David, Associate Professor
English
PHD, University of Virginia, 1984

Mitchell, J, Professor Emeritas
English
PHD, The University of Iowa, 1971

Mize, Britt, Associate Professor
English
PHD, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003

Morey, Anne, Associate Professor
English
PHD, University of Texas- Austin, 1998

Murray, Christine, Instructional Assistant Professor
English
PHD, University of Texas at Arlington, 2005

Nelson, Claudia, Professor
English
PHD, Indiana University, 1989

O'Farrell, Mary, Associate Professor
English
PHD, University of California, Berkeley, 1991

Oliver, Lawrence, Professor
English
PHD, The Pennsylvania State University, 1981

Perry, Nandra, Associate Professor
English
PHD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003

Pilsch, Andrew, Assistant Professor
English
PHD, The Pennsylvania State University, 2011

Portales, Marco, Professor
English
PHD, University of Buffalo, 1975

Reddy, Vanita, Assistant Professor
English
PHD, University of California, Davis, 2009

Reynolds, Larry, Distinguished Professor
English
PHD, Duke University, 1974

Robinson, Elizabeth, Instructional Associate Professor
English
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1995

Robinson, Sally, Associate Professor
English
PHD, University of Washingtion, 1989

Ross, Shawna, Assistant Professor
English
PHD, The Pennsylvania State University, 2011

Stabile, Susan, Associate Professor
English
PHD, University of Delaware, 1997

Swearingen, C, Professor Emeritas
English
PHD, The University of Texas - Austin, 1978

Tebeaux, Elizabeth, Professor
English
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1977

Tuhkanen, Mikko, Associate Professor
English
PHD, University at Buffalo, 2005

Vasilakis, Apostolos, Instructional Assistant Professor
English
PHD, Emory University, 2004

Warren, Nancy, Professor
English
PHD, Indiana University, 1997

White, Lowell, Lecturer
English
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2010

Wollock, Jennifer, Professor
English
PHD, Harvard University, 1981