5000 Level
 

ENG 5030 - Topics in Women’s Studies (WS 5030)
Jaime Goodrich
Over the past forty years, feminist scholars have revitalized and extended the canon of early modern literature by recovering, editing, and analyzing the neglected writings of women. Focusing on 17th-century women’s poetry, this course will explore the editorial and theoretical principles that undergird this ongoing recovery process. In addition to encountering the little-known poetry of two English nuns (Catherine Magdalen Evelyn, Gertrude More), students will read representative works by major American and British poets such as Anne Bradstreet, Margaret Cavendish, Lucy Hutchinson, Aemilia Lanyer, Katherine Philips, Hester Pulter, and Mary Wroth. Over the course of the semester, students will gain an appreciation of the authorial practices, cultural contexts, formal choices, and literary importance of these poets. At the same time, we will use the lens of textual criticism to analyze the critical implications of the ways that scholars have chosen to represent these texts--whether through
traditional print editions or digital-born editions. At the end of the semester, students will join in this feminist tradition of editing women writers by producing a digital edition of Gertrude More’s poetry. Requirements for this class include weekly online responses, a short paper (5 pp.), a research paper (8-10 pp.), a collaborative group edition, and diligent preparation for and participation in class.
 

ENG 5050 - Historical Topics in Film and Media
Hollywood from 1927 to 1950
Steven Shaviro
This class provides a close look at the history of American film from the introduction of sound in 1927, up until 1950. This is the period of classic Hollywood film, when the Studio System was in full effect. We will look at important and representative films of this period in social and historical context, with attention to important directors and stars, to prominent genres, and to the major and minor studios. The overall aim of the course is to immerse ourselves in the movie culture of the period: a culture, and a manner of filmmaking, that are very different from the ones we are familiar with today.
 

ENG 5120 - Topics in Medieval Literature
Premodern Love
Hilary Fox
What's love got to do with it? In the Middle Ages, rather a lot; it was medieval literature that gave us the romantic comedy, the romance novel, Valentine's Day as we know it, and more. This course explores literatures and philosophies of romantic love in the Middle Ages and their connections to ways medieval people thought about gender, sex, class, and social order. We will also look to contemporary cultural productions in order to trace the development of romantic love in the modern day.
 

ENG 5480 - Topics in African-American Literature
Detroit Poetry: Can't Forget the Motor City
Todd Duncan
Detroit has a rich legacy of poets and poetry. Most of these writers, though not all, are from Detroit, several nurtured by Wayne State. All of these poets have been shaped by the city. In ways direct and indirect they write about it. Our course focuses principally on the legacy of African American poets but attempts to understand that legacy within a broad context that includes other poets and cultural intersections afforded by Detroit—and generic urban life. We will study Robert Hayden and the work and Broadside legacy of Dudley Randall, and we’ll look at the significance of writers as diverse as Naomi Long Madgett (Detroit Poet Laureate), Murray Jackson and Alvin Aubert. Additionally, we will acknowledge the importance of Philip Levine, the latest U.S. Poet Laureate to have been shaped by Detroit. Finally, we will pay some attention to an array of younger Detroit poets, including the late David Blair. Among the several books we will use are Robert Hayden’s Collected Poems, the Broadside anthology A Different Image, and the anthology Abandon Automobile. While there will be some lecture, the course will develop through discussion.
 

ENG 5695 - Topics in Writing and Publishing
Publishing as Practice and Profession
Lisa Maruca
This course will be an introduction to the publishing industry, past, present and future. The first third of the course will cover the history of publishing from the hand press era until the early twenty-first century. In the middle third we will learn about the profession as it operates today through guest lectures from people working in the field. The last few weeks of class will be devoted to small group projects, with students using new technology to publish their own digital editions, collections, or reference works. This class is ideal for those considering careers in publishing but also anyone curious about what goes into acquiring, creating, editing, and disseminating books and other material texts. Note: this is *not* a class on how to get your own work published. Assignments: weekly blogging, short report, final project
 

ENG 5700 - Introduction to Linguistic Theory (LIN 5700)
Ljiljana Progovac
This course is an in-depth theoretical introduction to the scientific study of human language, with the goal to account for our unconscious knowledge of the principles and rules of language. It is concerned with three primary levels of structure: the level of sound (phonetics and phonology), the level of words (morphology), and the level of phrases and sentences (syntax), as well as with how these levels of structure contribute to meaning (semantics). Students will learn how to: (i) analyze and explain the structure of sounds, words, and sentences in language data drawn from a wide representative sample of the world's languages; (ii) explain the properties of linear order, categorization, and hierarchical structure, in each of the components of grammar; and (iii) articulate the defining properties of human language, which include innateness, creativity, recursion, and displacement. Although it can be taken as your only course in Linguistics, this course is required of all Linguistics MA students, and is also one of two courses which satisfies the Introduction course requirement for Linguistics majors and minors. Classes will consist of lecture, discussion, and problem-solving sessions. The requirements include a midterm exam, a final exam, homework assignments, quizzes, and regular attendance and participation.
 

ENG 5740 - Syntax (LIN 5300)
Ljiljana Progovac
The course examines the structure of phrases and sentences using the theoretical framework of one of the most recent approaches to syntax, the Minimalist Program. The goal of the theory is not only to discover various subconscious principles and rules that make up grammars of all human languages, but also to express these rules in the most economical terms possible. After completing this class, students should be able to recognize syntactic patterns in English and other languages and to utilize the theoretical concepts of syntactic theory in order to describe and analyze such patterns. They should be able to analyze the structure of reasonably complex sentences and to represent them precisely by drawing syntactic diagrams. The students should also be able to test the predictions of the syntactic theory by gathering relevant data and determining whether they conform to the theory or not. This class is required of all Linguistics majors, minors, and MA students, and should also appeal to anyone with an interest in the structure of human language. Eng/Lin 5700 is a prerequisite for this class for graduate students, and either Eng/Lin 5700 or Eng/Lin 2720 are prerequisites for undergraduate students. The
requirements include a midterm exam, a final exam, homework assignments, quizzes, and regular attendance and participation.
 

ENG 5795 - Topics in Rhetoric and Writing
Locations of Writing: Writing Ourselves in/into the City
Nicole Guinot Varty
How do locations of writing shape our perceptions of the world and our ideologies and beliefs within it? In this class, we will explore the relationship of location to composing, within and beyond the university. By examining urban rhetorics of space, identity and beliefs, as well as writing studies theories of “located-ness,” we will frame our inquiry of our own writing practices in familiar and novel locations. We will consider writing inside, outside and for the classroom, the workplace and informal situations. We will consider online and embodied writing, and what Yancey calls the “hidden sites of writing,” which may be internal, even spiritual. As we develop research interests and questions, we will explore readings, field research and activities leading to composing a multi-modal research project.
 

ENG 5992 - Senior Seminar
Critical Creative Writing: Ethics and Practice
Natalie Bakopoulos
This seminar-style class will explore some of the thornier, complicated issues that arise in the study and practice of creative writing: (1) the links between imagination, research, and invention; (2) writing about people we know; (3) identity and representation; (4) cultural appropriation; (5) imitation, homage, "borrowing," and plagiarism; (6) the ethics of and approaches to evaluation and the creative writing workshop; and more. Weekly reading responses will be required. The final project will include both a creative and an analytical, research-based work, with an emphasis on the latter, as well as an artist's statement.
 

ENG 5992 - Senior Seminar
Trees
Jonathan Flatley
This will be a class about trees: representations of trees, theories of tree existence, the study of forests, and the tree as a metaphor for literature, for community, for otherness, for life as such. Representing trees has been one of the fundamental ways that humans have reflected on our relationship with our environment, a task that has seemed more urgent recently as the climate of that environment has been changing, a development that will be the context for our discussions. We will focus mainly on writing about trees (including novels, poetry, and various forms of nonfiction including essays, nature writing, forestry, anthropology, and philosophy) but we will also consider music, films and the visual arts (sculpture, photography, painting). We will think together about topics like Native American uses of and representations of trees, settler colonialism, the history of logging practices, deforestation, science fiction and fantastic representations of sentient trees, climate change, tree communication, trees and capitalism, and environmental racism. Hopefully we will spend some time in local forests, too, and do some of our own representations of trees. We will read works such as: Ursula K. Leguin, The Word for World is Forest; Richard Powers, The Overstory; Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees; Edward Kohn’s How Forests Think; Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower; and writings by William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, Louise Erdrich, Emily Dickinson,
John Muir, Tolkien (the Ents!), Jason W. Moore and others. Students will be responsible for class participation, short weekly writing and two longer papers

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