Fordham English to Offer Graduate Courses at Lincoln Center Campus

In the 2017-2018 academic year, Fordham English is offering a selection of graduate courses at our Lincoln Center campus (113 W. 60th St.) to make our course offerings more accessible to students from the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium (IUDC). Doctoral students from the following schools are eligible to enroll in these courses: Columbia University, CUNY Graduate Center, New York University, The New School, Princeton University, Rutgers University, and Stony Brook University. Students from IUDC institutions who wish to enroll in one of these graduate courses should contact Julie Kim, Director of Graduate Studies (

Fall 2017 Graduate Courses at Lincoln Center

ENGL 5718. MODERN LANGUAGE POLITICS.  Time: Fridays, 2:30-5:00 pm. Instructor: Rebecca Sanchez.

Description: Early twentieth-century literature and theory was preoccupied with the relationship between language and politics, from the acknowledgment of minority and non-standard linguistic forms, to questions over the relationship between violence and language (whether or not, to paraphrase Adorno, one can write poetry after Auschwitz), to the idea of literary form itself enacting a kind of political resistance. In this course, we will analyze some of the competing philosophies about language circulating during this period and interrogate how modernist writers responded and contributed to these discussions.

ENGL 6905. CONCEPTS OF CULTURETime: Fridays, 11:30 am-2:00 pm. Instructor: Glenn Hendler

Description: What do we talk about when we talk about “culture”? This class will explore this keyword in and around literary studies along two parallel tracks. First, we will explore the historical development of different concepts of culture over the last two centuries or so. Second, we will explore a range of theoretical perspectives from the past three decades that fit loosely under the rubric of Cultural Studies. Both tracks will necessitate broadly interdisciplinary approaches to the topic. We will explore, for instance, a relatively literary manifestation of the concept in Matthew Arnold’s Culture and Anarchy, but also how the concept of culture figures in the early history of the human sciences, including anthropology, sociology, and psychology. Similarly, since work in the contemporary field of Cultural Studies only rarely limits its objects of study to the literary, we will sample theoretical developments in the study of popular music, film and television, etc.

Spring 2018 Graduate Courses at Lincoln Center:

ENGL 5801. ANATOMY OF A BESTSELLER. Time: Fridays, 2:30-5:00 pm. Instructor: Mary Bly

Description: The class will deconstruct bestsellers in different genres, looking at the process from proposal, editing, finished manuscript and on to covers, marketing and promotion. Students will also develop their own bestseller project over the semester.