This course introduces first-year graduate students to advanced literary study in two ways. First, we will read and discuss works of critical theory, highlighting the fundamental questions they ask and answer, and examining how they can be relevant to the study of literature and culture. Second, we will learn and actively apply the practices of literary scholarship: how to identify suitable objects of inquiry, to do research, and to develop and present arguments according to the norms of Literary Studies.
This class is intended to teach the aesthetic, cultural, and rhetorical uses of Web-design techniques—including writing. It is designed, however, assuming no prior knowledge of Web design, and provides introductions and resources to master the basic skills.
Spring 2011 | Fall 2009 |Spring 2009 | Fall 2008 |
In addition to teaching the mechanics of graphic production, "Visual Rhetoric and Culture" draws widely on the disciplines of digital design, statistics, narrative literature, engineering, and technical writing to offer you the interpretive and strategic skills to conceive, to create, to analyze, and to write about visual texts critically.
Fall 2013 | Fall 2011
This class will explore the relationship between New Media and writing. You will learn skills and methods of New Media production (that is, the hands-on creation of digital, screen-based, networked, verbally/visually hybrid media), and the opportunities they provide for writing beyond the mere delivery of information. In doing so, you will gain perspectives on the not-always-apparent continuities between New Media and the literary use of words and design, and between digital and literary cultures.
Spring 2014 | Spring 2012 | Spring 2011 | Spring 2010
This course considers the most fundamental questions of how writing, print, mass media, and digital technologies have influenced consciousness and society. Readings include Dracula, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1984, Hitchcock's film Psycho, as well as conceptual texts that provide broad historical perspectives.
Spring 2014 | Fall 2012 | Spring 2012 | Spring 2011
This course explores and expands the notion of a "document," and examines the cultural and technical processes by which documents have been created from the 18th through the 21st centuries.
A seminar examining the economic, cultural, social, and aesthetic issues surrounding the development of literary authorship in the United States in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.