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Online MA course rotations

2022-2025 Online MA Course Rotation

This list is subject to change depending on faculty availability.

Summer 2022

ENGL 5010 - Rhetoric & Composition: History, Theory, & Practice - Rick Fisher

Fall 2022

ENGL 5885 - Studies in Film: Hollywood Films - Susan Aronstein

Spring 2023

ENGL 5220 - Studies in Medieval Literature - Carolyn Anderson

Summer 2023

ENGL 5063 - Feminist Rhetorics - Kelly Kinney

Fall 2023

ENGL 5000 - Studies In: Rhetoric of Video Games - Jason Thompson

Spring 2024

ENGL 5055 - Narrative/Storytelling - Nancy Small

Summer 2024

ENGL 5885 - Studies in the Fine and Performing Arts - Kent Drummond

Fall 2024

ENGL 5960 - Thesis Research - Susan Aronstein

ENGL 5280 - 19th Century Literature - Caroline McCracken-Flesher

Spring 2025

ENGL 5000 - Studies In: Cultures of Reading - Michael Edson

2021-2024 Online MA Course Rotation

This list is subject to change depending on faculty availability.

Summer 2021

ENGL 5010 - Rhetoric & Composition: History, Theory, & Practice - Kelly Kinney

This special section of English 5010 is designed specifically for new students in the MA cohort. In addition to examining the topics described below, the course will also serve as an introduction to the online graduate program in English at UW. Throughout the course, students read and write about language arts and writing instruction, exploring the history behind best practices as well as the controversies in the profession. Reading a wide range of pedagogical theories, students write reflections on controversial issues in the field, including topics such as second language immersion; Black English; AP, IB, and concurrent enrollment programs; the place of grammar instruction in the classroom; and related professional position statements. Applying what they have learned, students develop a four-week unit of writing instruction for a course level of their choosing, including daily lesson plans, formal writing assignments, peer review activities, and an evaluation rubric: students will share the materials they develop in a formal presentation to the class. Finally, students will learn how to write a publication-ready book review of a scholarly monograph of interest to them in rhetoric, composition, and writing studies.

Fall 2021

ENGL 5230 - Studies in English Renaissance Literature: Shakespeare Then and Now - Susan Frye

This fall we will focus on at least 4 plays by William Shakespeare, drawn from his comedies, histories, and tragedies. After the seminar begins, I’ll ask you to choose which plays you’d like to focus on, although we will begin with Hamlet, together with the darkly witty play and film, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, as well as the 2020 novel Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell. The pandemic and the more general phenomenon of global Shakespeares have resulted in some fascinating versions of the plays, so I’ll ask you to help me hunt up some of the most recent productions in a variety of media for us to include. In the meantime, if you’d like to nominate a play for us to read, together with contemporary versions/media, by all means email me your suggestions. Reading the plays and the texts that form their aftermath with comprehension will be central to our course outcomes, as will thoughtful analysis of course materials and the course itself using contemporary theories of race, class, and gender. Everyone will produce work on the issue of their own choice throughout the course and as a final project.

The regular format of the class will be class discussions about the plays with some informal but limited lecturing. I’ll ask for student participation in short responses to reading and discussion, together with your helping to run the class with researched presentations and formulating key questions about our course materials.

Spring 2022

ENGL 5061 - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism - Jason Thompson

Summer 2022

ENGL 5000 - Studies In: Cultures of Reading - Michael Edson

Fall 2022

ENGL 5350 - Global Literatures in English: Irish Literature - Julia Obert

Spring 2023

ENGL 5885 - Studies in Film - Jim Creel

Summer 2023

ENGL 5020 - Public-Facing English Studies: Author's Houses - Caroline McCracken-Flesher

Fall 2023

ENGL 5960 - Thesis Research I - Cliff Marks

ENGL 5270 - Studies in Eighteenth Century Literature: Eighteenth-Century Novel - Michael Edson

Spring 2024

ENGL 5000 - Studies In: Literature of the American West - Matthew Henry

2020-2023 Online MA Course Rotation

This list is subject to change depending on faculty availability.

Summer 2020

ENGL 5010 - Rhetoric & Composition: History, Theory, & Practice--or Integrated Language Arts Meets Process Pedagogy - Kelly Kinney

This special section of English 5010 is designed specifically for new students in the MA cohort. In addition to examining the topics described below, the course will also serve as an introduction to the online graduate program in English at UW.

Throughout the course, students read and write about language arts and writing instruction, exploring the history behind best practices as well as the controversies in the profession. Reading a wide range of pedagogical theories, students write reflections on controversial issues in the field, including topics such as second language immersion; Black English; AP, IB, and concurrent enrollment programs; the place of grammar instruction in the classroom; and related professional position statements. Applying what they have learned, students develop a four-week unit of writing instruction for a course level of their choosing, including daily lesson plans, formal writing assignments, peer review activities, and an evaluation rubric: students will share the materials they develop in a formal presentation to the class. Finally, students will learn how to write a publication-ready book review of a scholarly monograph of interest to them in rhetoric, composition, and writing studies.

Fall 2020

ENGL 5000 - Studies In: Transmedia Storytelling - Susan Aronstein

In this class we will bring an interdisciplinary approach to the question of how artists, narratives, and genres achieve cultural sustainability.  In other words, how do stories attract new audiences to remain relevant over time? We will frame our answer to this question with theories drawn from literary, cultural, rhetorical and consumer culture studies, looking at the ways in which texts move from one media to another (for instance, novel, to play, to film, to video game) to adapt over time, as well as at the marketing machinery and consumption patterns that make such adaptation possible.  As a class, we will decide on two “test cases" (possibilities: Shakespeare, King Arthur, Jane Austen, Oz, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Dickens--the list could go on) to work through together and then we will end with a series of student-designed and led classes covering other authors and narratives.

Spring 2021

ENGL 5890 - Consumption, Markets, and Culture - Kent Drummond

This course will introduce you to the fruitful intersection of consumption, markets, and culture. At this nexus, producers and consumers meet for an exchange. But they also meet for an experience. And that will be the focus for our class.

Central to our understanding of experience is Pine and Gilmore’s The Experience Economy, which shocked the business world when it was originally published in 1999. Why did it cause such a stir? Because Pine and Gilmore urged managers to forget about price (and with it, commoditization) and focus instead on the experience consumers would have as they encountered a given product or service. If the experience were valuable enough, the authors posited, prices and profits would take care of themselves. Their work, based on a theatre metaphor, was replete with real-world examples, from Disneyland to British Airways, from Nordstrom to the Geek Squad.

In a similar vein, this class will study the ways in which cultural venues—performance events, museums, tourist sites, Vegas hotels and theme parks—curate and market stories, history and the arts to offer consumers an experience that keeps them coming back, and through these consumers attracts new markets.  In addition to Pine and Gilmore, we will read essays on tourism, consumer culture theory, and business school case studies. We will also conduct field research at various sites in the area.

Summer 2021

ENGL 5270 - Studies in Eighteenth Century Literature: Histories of Reading - Michael Edson

As book historian Robert Darnton observes, “reading remains the most difficult stage to study in the circuit that books follow." Literary criticism often assumes that audiences present and past processed books like scholars do today: they read closely, they read silently, and, most basically, they read them. Until recently, less attention has been paid to how interactions with reading matter (books, newspapers, blogs, etc.) differ along the lines of gender, class, religion, location. This course is a graduate introduction to the theories and methodologies associated with the disciplines seeking to understand these interactions: reading studies and histories of reading, which in turn overlap with other fields such as media studies, social history, and reader-response criticism. This course will consider reading as social practice, including all the ways books have and continue to be used in ways that have little to do with reading. We will also discuss the possibilities and limitations of the various evidences available to theorists and historians of reading: marginalia and reader marks; diaries; scrapbooks/commonplace books; educational guides and curricula; reviews; transcripts from book clubs and classrooms; and eye-tracking studies. We will discuss case studies of reading practice from the 16th to the 20th century. There will be hands-on library and archival trips/assignments. For the final project, students are encouraged to apply methods learned in this course to their own topics or fields.

Fall 2021

ENGL 5600 - Rhetorical Genre Studies - Rick Fisher

You may think you already know something about literary genres, but what do you know about genres related to lab sciences, medical diagnosis, carpentry, and other such activities? This course introduces the field of Rhetorical Genre Studies, alongside related topics including systemic functional linguistics, academic literacies, and genre-based pedagogies. Students will leave with a knowledge of key concepts and frameworks (e.g., uptake, recurrence, genre ecologies) and will engage in a genre-based analysis of their independent or collaborative design. This course will also seek to challenge students' notions of the relationships among composition, literature, and literacy.

Spring 2022

ENGL 5061 - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism - Jason Thompson

Summer 2022

TBA - Mimi Fenton


Fall 2022

ENGL 5960 - Thesis Research I - Susan Aronstein

ENGL 5000 - Studies In: Non-Fiction Comics - Cliff Marks

Spring 2023

ENGL 5270 - Studies in Eighteenth Century Literature: Eighteenth-Century Novel - Michael Edson

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