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Master of Arts Course Rotation

Upcoming Course Offerings  

Fall 2020

5010 - Rhetoric and Composition - Kelly Kinney

5960 - Thesis Research I - Julia Obert

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.

5071 - Qualitative Methods: Embodied Knowledge-Making - Nancy Small

"Research" is the gathering and analysis of data to generate knowledge. In English studies, research takes many forms, including literary criticism, rhetorical analysis, historical study, and deconstruction via critical race theory. During fall 2020, we'll study embodied knowledge making that goes beyond these typical methods. Our class will provide an introduction to the basic features and tools of qualitative research but will concentrate on three specific applications: the study of culture/community (ethnography) via walking and place-making methods; the study of personal experience (phenomenology) with an emphasis on rhythm, sound, and silence; and the study of material culture through visual inquiry. We'll complete one micro-project to practice designing, conducting, and representing research, and we'll reflect over the always-messy nature of knowledge making. Our final project will be a research proposal that can be submitted to UW's Institutional Review Board if you want to pursue the project for your thesis.

5330 - Native American and Indigenous Literature and Film - Caskey Russell

Spring 2021

5530 - Affect Literary Theory - Julia Obert

5965 - Thesis Research II - Scott Henkel

Literature Elective - Romanticism - Cliff Marks

Rhetoric and Composition Elective - Pop Culture - Susan Aronstein

Literature Elective - American Women Writers - Arielle Zibrak

Past Course Offerings

Spring 2020

5530 – Readings in Literary Theory – Susan Frye

5965 – Thesis Research II – Michael Edson

5061 - Rhetorics of Public Memory - Nancy Small

5000 – Radical Women Rhetors – Kelly Kinney    

5050 - Writing in Public Genres - Arielle Zibrak

Fall 2019

5000 - Storytelling as Rhetorical Theory, Method, and Product - Nancy Small

5000 - Texts and Textiles - Susan Frye

5010 – Rhetoric and Composition: History, Theory, and Practice – Rick Fisher 

5960 – Thesis Research I – Scott Henkel 

5320 – Realism and Naturalism - Arielle Zibrak    

GWMST 5710 - Feminist Theoretical Perspectives - Bunny Logan   

Spring 2019

5530 – Modern Critical Theory & Practice – Arielle Zibrak

5965 – Thesis Research II – Michael Edson

5000 -- Studies in: Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Genre -- Michael Knievel

5310 - Early American Literature (up to 1800): Reading Race in America - Jeanne Holland

5330 - 20th Century American Literature: Issues of Race, Class, and Gender -- Caskey Russell

Fall 2018

5010 – Rhetoric and Composition: History, Theory, and Practice – Kelly Kinney

5960 – Thesis Research I – Caroline McCracken-Flesher

5360 - Studies in Irish Literature - Julia Obert

5000 – Studies in Non-Fiction Comics – Cliff Marks

5220 – Race in the Medieval World – Carolyn Anderson

Spring 2018

5530 – Public Interventions and Critical Theory – Andy Fitch

5965 – Thesis Research II – Michael Edson

5340 – Democracy & Literatures of the Americas – Scott Henkel

5000 – Rhetorics of Civil Discourse – Nancy Small

5000 - Film Genres - Cliff Marks

Fall 2017

5010 – Rhetoric and Composition: History, Theory, and Practice – Kelly Kinney

5960 – Thesis Research I – Julia Obert

5360 – American Indian Literature and Film – Caskey Russell

5230 – Tudor and Stuart Women – Susan Frye

Spring 2017

5530 - Modern Critical Theory - Caroline McCracken-Flesher

5360 - Studies in Irish Literature - Julia Obert

5965 - Thesis Research - Michael Edson

Fall 2016

English 5010 - Practical English: Writing and Literature 

English 5960 - Thesis Research: Classroom Workshop

Rhetoric Theory Criticism (Thompson)

20th Century English Literature (Baskin)

Spring 2016

Studies in Novellas and Short Stories (Williams)

Studies in Innovative Fiction (Watson)

Rhetoric Theory Criticism (Thompson) 

Shakespeare (Parolin)

Modern Critical Race Theory (Anderson)

Fall 2015

English 5010 - Practical English: Writing and Literature

English 5960 - Thesis Research: Classroom Workshop

Medieval Literature

American Author/Genre

Film/Pop Culture

Spring 2015

English 5530 - Theory (McCracken-Flesher)

American Gothic (Forbes)

Transatlantic Aesthetics (Oliver short course)

18th Century Literature (Edson)

Fall 2014

English 5010

English 5960 - Thesis Writing (Russell)

Captivity Narratives (Holland)

American Modernism (Baskin and Fitch)

Graphic Novel (Marks)

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