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Graduate Course Information

FALL  2014 WGST courses that can be used to satisfy the core requirements for the Gender Studies Graduate Certificate:

  • WGST 520 Gender Equity in the ClassroomEmily Meixner – Thursday 5:00 – 7:30 pm This graduate seminar examines theoretical writings on feminist pedagogy and
    also addresses practical issues related to teaching Women’s and Gender Studies.  Participants will  develop familiarity with  feminist pedagogies and their significance for the field of Women’s and Gender Studies; interpret their own educational experiences within the context of feminist reflections on education; formulate their own philosophies
    of education; and develop and test pedagogical strategies for developing critical consciousness about social inequalities.

Fall 2014 English Graduate Courses that can be used to satisfy the elective requirements for the Gender Studies Graduate Certificate:

  • ENGL 505 Contemporary Literary Theory and Methods – Felicia Steele – Monday, 5:00pm – 7:30pm

An introduction to the scholarly methods necessary for graduate work in literature and to the study of theoretical frameworks important to contemporary literary criticism, including formalism, structuralism, Marxism, deconstruction, feminism, post-colonial studies, cultural studies, new historicism, and psychoanalysis. The course exposes students to the primary texts from which those theoretical frameworks are derived and requires students to critique and construct applications of those theories to specific literary texts.

  • ENGL 640 Seminar in Romantic Literature – Harriet Hustis – Tuesday, 5:00pm – 7:30pm

This course is designed to offer an in-depth investigation of the literary phenomenon which has come to be known as “Romanticism”: in particular, we will be exploring this literary and historical period as a site of ongoing cultural conflict and negotiation between “old” and “new,” “nature” and “nurture,” “man” and “woman,” “poetry” and “prose.”  In addition, we will explore both how “the Romantics” defined themselves and how they were subsequently defined in retrospect, by contemporaries and by critics.  We will examine such questions as why, until recently, scholarship on the Romantic period was limited to studies of the figures of William Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Percy Shelley and Keats, and how feminist criticism, with its revalorisation of the work of Hemans, Landon, Wollstonecraft, Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Shelley, has both problematized and reinvigorated previous definitions of “Romanticism.”  We will also analyze the kinds of literary imports and exports which influenced Romanticism: how did the literature and culture of Germany and France (and, in particular, the French Revolution and subsequent Terror) shape the writing of this period, and how and why was the phenomenon of Romanticism transplanted to the newly emerging United States?

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