Graduate Courses

Spring 2020

ENG 522 The Renaissance in England: Lyric: Parts and Wholes How do lyrics come together as parts in a larger whole, whether through narrative or collection or canon formation? This class considers, including from the perspectives of narrative theory, lyric sequences and plays in which poems produce narrative effects, as well as the material history of lyric collections in the seventeenth century. In a final section, we consider the shaping of personal canons in some modern and contemporary poets. Instructor(s): Bradin T. Cormack
S01 09:00 AM - 11:50 AM T
ENG 532/COM 576 Early 17th Century: Polyglot Poetics: Transnational Early Modern Literature Early modern vernacular writers did not simply imitate classical antiquity, or, if northern Europeans, imitate Italian or French verse as if it were ancient, but traded verse horizontally and multilaterally. Languages faded into one another through proximity, trade and war. We explore this cross-lingual, transnational literary field through the literature of travelers in the period: the poetry of diplomats, colonists, itinerant prophets and pharmacists, and the work of traveling theater companies. The Netherlands is the polyglot hub for much of this activity, but we also chart rising interest in English beyond the British Isles. Instructor(s): Nigel Smith
S01 06:30 PM - 09:20 PM T
ENG 556/AAS 556 African-American Literature: James/Baldwin James Baldwin made no secret of the importance of Henry James to his creative life, paying debt in archly poetic sentences that friends as well as rivals snidely dismissed (Mailer: "even the best of his paragraphs are sprayed with perfume"). This course explores the erotic and political facets of style, its capacity to work as flamboyant closetedness and recipe or technique (Bronstein: "a way of training the reader into desire for and expectation of a particular kind of understanding"). J's theory of the novel's influence on B's essay style center our inquiry into how that stylistic cross-pollination might have informed black study. Instructor(s): Stephen Michael Best
S01 01:30 PM - 04:20 PM Th
ENG 563 Poetics: Continuing Pastoral This is a graduate seminar on the genre of pastoral, beginning with Theocritus and going on to Renaissance poems and dramas, the 18th century revival of the form, pastoral's contributions to Romanticism, the 19th century novel, and current thought on the environment. Our topics include the experience of time, the development of erotic and elegiac forms and the place of pastoral in nostalgic and utopian thought. Instructor(s): Susan A. Stewart
S01 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM M
ENG 566/COM 570 Studies in the English Novel: Surprised by Passion This course explores modern novels of erotic and sentimental education. Instructor(s): Maria A. DiBattista
S01 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM T
ENG 568 Criticism and Theory: The Human Ornament This course explores the (aesthetic and material) conflation between persons and things. We begin by acquainting ourselves with the notions of the object and objecthood in a variety of critical discourse--the Frankfurt School, Marxism, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, object studies, queer and feminist theory, critical race theory, postcolonial studies--and we bring these vocabularies and conversations into critical engagement with animal and posthuman studies. Instructor(s): Anne Cheng
S01 09:00 AM - 11:50 AM W
ENG 571/COM 587/MOD 571 Literary and Cultural Theory: Cartographies of the Image in the 21st Century If the spectacular explosion of images during the last 20 years is one of the signatures of our contemporary era, one of our most urgent tasks is to understand the role and place of these images in our everyday life, and this without assuming we know what an image is. If we are to understand the innumerable mediums and forms in which images now appear, this course suggests that we must read these mostly digitized, and even post-digitized, appearances of the image through patient, and persistently pre-digital forms of reading that, proleptically, already comprehend digital and even post-digital phenomena avant la lettre. Instructor(s): Eduardo Lujan Cadava
S01 07:30 PM - 10:20 PM W
ENG 573 Problems in Literary Study: Stories of Poetic Forms: Ballad, Sonnet, Lyric, Line What happens to forms across time? Moving beyond the tired juxtaposition of history and theory, this course explored theories of poetic forms in several historical periods and compares these to 20th- and 21st-century ideas. Using the ballad, the sonnet, the lyric, and the idea of the poetic line as grounding, we collect, read, and critique both criticism and poetry. When and how does an example of a poetic form take the place of a story of a poetic form, and how might we detect and collect these examples? Do our methodologies of reading poetry now and in the past rely on a shared understanding of what a form might mean? Instructor(s): Meredith Anne Martin
S01 01:30 PM - 04:20 PM W
ENG 581 Seminar in Pedagogy Required weekly seminar for all English Department PhD students teaching for the first time at Princeton and scheduled to precept during the Spring 2020 semester. Balancing pedagogical theory with practical tips and collaborative discussion, the seminar helps students meet the challenges of their first semester in the classroom while also preparing them to lead their own courses. Topics include: integrated course design (preparing lesson plans; leading discussions; lecturing; teaching writing; assessment and grading); writing recommendations; and managing students, faculty, and time. Instructor(s): Rebecca E. Rainof
S01 03:00 PM - 04:20 PM Th