(topics change every semester)


Dr. Janine Chitty | TR 11-12:15


Selection and evaluation of young adult literature based upon biological, sociocultural, psychological, and developmental characteristics, emphasizing gender-fair and multicultural resources. Analysis and synthesis of teaching methods for literature that reflect the attitudes of interests of young adults.

ENGL 3233: THE NOVEL: Jane Eyre’s Legacies

Dr. Lindsy Lawrence | MW 5:25-6:40

Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is a vexing novel, one that has been adapted, critiqued, rewritten, revised, re-envisioned, and readapted by many novelists since its publication in 1848. It’s frequently on high school reading lists, and it’s a text scholars keep coming back to. This section of the novel traces the history of the novel through different incarnations of Jane Eyre including Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, Winifred Holtby’s South Riding, Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, Jean Rhys’s Wide Saragasso Sea, and Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair. There may be some Buffy and vampires too. A must for high school teachers.

ENGL 3443 LIT. OF DIVERSE CULTURES: African American Literature

Dr. Cammie Sublette | TR 9:30-10:45


This course is designed to introduce students to key themes, literary works, and authors of African American literature and its corresponding cultural, aesthetic, and political history. In addition, the course will introduce students to aspects of critical interpretation and theory central to African American literature.

ENGL 4793 20th CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE: The American Landscape

Dr. Laura Witherington | MWF 1:00-1:50


This class will examine canonical and not-so-canonical texts with special attention to their development of an American landscape. Course topics will include the urban landscape, the rural landscape, the speculative landscape, the expatriate landscape, and the historical landscape. In our considerations of landscape, we will explore how setting can be inclusive or exclusive, in particular in exclusion by race, class, or gender.


Dr. Lindsy Lawrence | TR 12:30-1:45


An introduction to the new and growing field of digital humanities. This course will explore the digitization of text and what it means for how we read, digital scholarly editions, distant reading, big data in literature, and real world applications. Perfect course for anyone who has ever been asked what are they going to do with their literature or humanities degree, as well explore the new ways that such knowledge works in the 21st century. Required for ENGL BA students. Open to ENGL BS, Rhetoric, and Media Communications majors. Instructor permission for other majors.


Dr. Carol Westcamp | T Hybrid 2:00-3:15


An in-depth study of reality television: the course will define what constitutes reality television. The course will focus on gender, race, and class as portrayed on reality television. Students are required to watch Survivor over the course of the semester.