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For the 2016-2017 academic year, Fordham English is offering a selection of graduate courses at our Lincoln Center campus (113 W 60th Street). This is a pilot program designed to make our graduate courses 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 John Bugg, Director of Graduate Studies (email@example.com).
Spring 2017 Course Offerings:
ENGL 6102: SLAVERY IN AMERICAN FICTION
Time: Friday, 11:30-2:00
Instructor: Lenny Cassuto
Description: The course focuses upon depictions of slavery in American fiction during the years before the Civil War. We will read a selection of novels by blacks and whites, men and women, all concerned with the intensifying debates over “the peculiar institution.” We will focus on the turbulent and troubled decade of the 1850s; our exploration of this time of increasing sectional tension through fiction will spotlight the birth of the African American novel and its dialogic engagement with the burgeoning literature of race in the United States. Authors include Melville, Stowe, Douglass, William Wells Brown, and Martin Delany, among others.
ENGL 6105: NEWS AND PLAYS, 1620-1779
Time: Friday, 2:30-5:00
Instructor: Stuart Sherman
Description: These days, the ubiquitous nexus of news and entertainment can elicit reactions ranging from an exasperated scowl to a surrendering shrug. But the phenomenon has a long history. When newspapers first appeared, in the early 1700s, the theater reacted with alarm, terrified that this upstart medium would deprive it of its status as sole oracle. Gradually, though, the two media discovered nearly limitless possibilities for synergy, collusive and competitive: ads, reviews, celebrity profiles, stage satires of news stories and the news business, and much more. We’ll track these transactions in newspapers spanning two centuries, and in plays by Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, Susannah Centlivre, John Gay, Henry Fielding, David Garrick, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan. For better and for worse, infotainment begins here.
Fall 2016 Course Offerings:
ENGL 6101: REREADING CLOSE READING: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES, CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES/SHAKESPEARE'S NON-DRAMATIC POETRY, SPENSER, DONNE
Time: Friday, 11:30-2:00
Professor: Heather Dubrow
Description: We will evaluate both the history of close reading and the renewed interest—and renewed antagonism—revisionist versions of it are sparking today. What was, is, and will be “close reading” in literary studies? In engaging with the early history of this methodology (I.A. Richards, the New Critics, British analogues, etc.), we will consider how the climate in the academy and the country at large encouraged these approaches and how they interacted with and reacted against alternative methodologies. We will then explore and evaluate the many attempts to develop a type of close reading appropriate to our own critical moment—and the reactions against them by critics like Moretti; we will, for example, discuss the relationship of those attempts to the digital humanities and the implications of close reading for debates about the workings of lyric. The authors on whom we will focus are Shakespeare (mainly the nondramatic poems, though we will also discuss at least one play), Donne, and Spenser. Students will, however, have the option of writing their final paper on another poet from the early modern period—or from a different period. Other requirements will include a couple of shorter written exercises and participation in a course mini-conference. As this description suggests, the course is tailored to the needs of both advanced students in early modern literature and those in other fields or at earlier stages of their careers who are seeking an overview of the texts of that era and of critical methodologies and developments. Like all my graduate courses, this seminar will also discuss the challenges of professionalizing, such as transforming a seminar paper into an article and presenting a conference paper as effectively as possible.
ENGL 6201: RACE AND AFFECT THEORY: THE CASE OF ASIAN AMERICA
Time: Friday, 2:30-5:00
Instructor: James Kim
Description: This seminar will stage a dialog between the field of race and ethnic studies on the one hand and that of affect theory on the other. In what ways does the affective turn call for a rethinking of the major themes of race and ethnic studies? In what ways does recent work in race and ethnic studies challenge or complicate the growing hegemony of affect theory in the humanities? How might these two bodies of scholarship deepen and enrich each other’s insights? And how might we link them to other major issues currently occupying literary and cultural studies (e.g. neoliberal hegemony, temporality, and the limits of the human)? Our discussion of these theoretical matters will be grounded in readings of major works of twentieth-century and contemporary Asian American literature and culture. Possible authors include John Okada, Carlos Bulosan, Maxine Hong Kingston, Marilyn Chin, Li-Young Lee, Jessica Hagedorn, Chang-rae Lee, Susan Choi, Kiran Desai, Young Jean Lee, and others.
The English Department anticipates hiring 3 - 5 Lecturers (with 3-year non-renewable contracts) beginning August 2016. These positions involve teaching composition, introductory, and elective literature courses. Each position will also have a set of additional responsibilities according to need and the qualifications of the candidate.
We are seeking applications immediately for a Lecturer with experience in writing program administration. The successful applicant will oversee the writing program at Fordham’s Lincoln Center (Manhattan) campus, mentoring Composition instructors and Writing Center tutors to serve the needs of an increasingly large population of English Language Learners in Composition classes and coming to the Writing Centers. Application deadline: March 9, 2016.
We also seek applications for Lecturers to teach composition, introductory, and select upper-level literature courses, with additional responsibilities in one (or some combination) of the following categories: publishing and internships; digital pedagogy; web training. Application deadline: March 30, 2016
Fordham is an independent, Catholic University in the Jesuit tradition that welcomes applications from all backgrounds. Fordham is an equal opportunity employer.
Send letters of application and CV to:
Chris GoGwilt, Interim Chair of English
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of English
441 East Fordham Rd
Bronx, NY 10458
Literature, a seemingly silent form of art, lends itself to explorations of sound.
English graduate students have seen Fordham’s Music and Sound Studies Reading Group into its third year. According to Kevin Stevens, the group’s president, the group aims “to foster interest in the burgeoning field of sound studies.”
Group members learn about sound studies and theories of music that they often incorporate into their own literary research. Group members also become familiar with the scholarly trends in the field, and, in so doing, they learn to address the challenges of interdisciplinary research.
Professors Andrew Albin, an expert on sound studies, and Larry Kramer, an expert on musicology, attend the group’s meetings and add their expertise to the group’s conversations.
The group meets once a month, usually on a Friday, to discuss various monographs, articles, and sometimes the members’ own sound-related research. At their last meeting, the group discussed Brian Kane’s monograph Sound Unseen: Acousmatic Sound in Theory and Practice and engaged with his concept of “acousmatic sound,” or a sound one hears without seeing its source.
In the past, the group has also studied political theories on noise, phenomenological accounts of hearing, and musicologist accounts of hermeneutics, as well as attended Voices Up! concerts.
The group expressed gratitude to the English department for its ongoing support. “The department generously funds some of our books,” said Stevens.
On Wednesday, February 11th, students met in the 12th Floor Lounge at Lincoln Center to learn about Fordham's literary magazines. The event, hosted by the Creative Writing Program, showcased the vibrant literary community at Fordham.
Just because you missed the event doesn't mean you need to miss out on the opportunity to work with these amazing publications. Here's some information on how you can get involved.
The Ampersand is Rose Hill's student-run literary magazine. Published twice annually (once in the fall, once in the spring), the magazine accepts poetry, prose, short stories, and photographs/artwork for publication from students at both the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses. See the Ampersand's submission guidelines here.
Bricolage is a student-run journal of Comparative Literature that publishes both critical and creative writing in multiple languages –– the only Fordham University journal to do so. It also publishes photography and art. Members of the editorial board have control over both the structure and the content of the journal. Bricolage is currently accepting submissions (students from Lincoln Center and Rose Hill are both welcome) to four prompts listed on their website.
Based in Lincoln Center, The Comma meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. in LL 924 (unless otherwise specified on social media). The Comma is student-run, and workshops every other Monday and does writing exercises on the days they do not workshop. The Comma is published in The Observer twice a semester and they publish the Creative Writing Awards in the spring. The Comma also has two readings per semester. Prose, poetry, and visual art submissions are accepted from undergraduates from either campus. The Comma's next submission deadline is March 13th and their next reading is on March 31st at 7:30 p.m. in LL 924.
CURA is Fordham's preeminent professional literary magazine, focusing on the integration of the arts and social justice. Drawing submissions ranging from France to India, CURA offers students the outstanding opportunity to become involved in a professional publication.