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Core Courses

Core required courses are taught every year.

English 501: Critical Theory

This course introduces students to the discourses of Critical Theory that address literature and culture. Exploring the interdisciplinary roots of Critical Theory in philosophy, linguistics, aesthetics, political science, cultural studies, feminism, and history, this course examines the ways in which knowledge is something that is produced rather than a pre-given entity to be found or “discovered.” Topics are wide-ranging and include subjectivity, language, humanism, sexuality and the body, ethics, and the institutionalization of Literary Studies. (Also cross-listed as IGS 501X)

English 502: Cultural Theory

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the field of cultural studies and the heterogeneous body of cultural and social texts, objects, and events from the past and present that it critically analyzes. Particular emphasis will be placed upon theories of cultural studies from around the world and innovative critical targets such as visual culture, the practices of everyday life, and emergent technologies. This course addresses a rich array of topics which include popular culture, race and ethnicity, globalization and social justice, gender, and ideology. (Also cross-listed as IGS 501Y)

English 503: Professionalization Seminar: The Practices of the Profession

This team-taught course will involve modules on a variety of topics related to professional and academic development. Students will learn research methods, how to conduct archival research, and gain expertise in bibliographic and textual and digital scholarship. They will participate in a marking practicum and discussions regarding pedagogies pertaining to their duties as Teaching Assistants. Students will learn proposal-writing skills that will assist in the creation of applications to granting agencies or future professional/degree programs. In addition, students will gain practice in presenting at conferences. Research ethics will be stressed. This course will culminate in a student-run colloquium, taking place at the conclusion of the spring term, at which graduate students will be expected to share their research results by delivering a conference paper and by engaging with their colleagues’ work. Pass/Fail

English 590 (9 credits):

MA Independent Research Paper (9 credits): required for all MA Coursework students

Under the direction of a supervisor, the student will propose and write a publishable, article-length research paper on a subject and body of texts of interest to the student. This will involve reading and interpreting primary texts and acquiring a thorough knowledge of all secondary critical material. The paper should reflect the current state of criticism on the topic and add substantially to that scholarship. The final version of the paper will be read and examined by the supervisor and two other readers.

English 599 (12 credits): MA Thesis required for all MA Thesis students

Under the direction of a supervisor, the student will propose and write a 15,000 to 20,000-word thesis of publishable quality, addressing a subject and body of texts of interest to the student and supervisor. This will involve reading and interpreting primary texts and acquiring thorough knowledge of all secondary critical material. The thesis should reflect the current state of scholarship on the topic and should add substantially to that scholarship. The final version of the thesis will be read and examined by the supervisor and two other readers, who comprise the supervisory committee. The thesis will culminate in an oral defense administered by the College of Graduate Studies. The thesis must be submitted two months prior to the end of the term in which the student wishes to graduate (i.e. July 1 for fall graduation. The thesis defense will occur within 6 weeks of thesis submission.

Student Evaluation

Students will be evaluated as follows. (a) Students must maintain an average standing of not less than 77% in all course-work. (b) Students must submit a written proposal (1000 words) and bibliography for the independent research paper, or a 1500 word proposal for the thesis option, byFebruary 21st of their second term. (c) The independent research paper will be evaluated by the supervisor and two other readers. (d) The thesis will be evaluated by the supervisory committee, and thesis students will undergo an oral defense, administered by the College of Graduate Studies.

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