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Master of Arts in English

Available at the Milledgeville Campus.

Graduate Seminars

All MA students must take four 6000 level seminars:

ENGL 6601

Graduate Seminar in Methods of Research

(3 semester hours)

ENGL 6680

Graduate Seminar in Studies in Literature

(3 semester hours)

ENGL 6685

Graduate Seminar in Critical Approaches to Literature

(3 semester hours)

ENGL 6690

Graduate Seminar in Variable Topics

(3 semester hours)

All students should take ENGL 6601 as soon as possible, preferably in the first term of graduate work. ENGL 6601 is a prerequisite for ENGL 6970 Thesis.

Previous Graduate Seminars

Fall 2012 Graduate Seminar Descriptions  

6601: Methods of Research (taught by Dr. Michael Riley)

This course will help you to develop the basics needed to perform the sophisticated research expected for graduate-level work in British and American language and literature. It will provide a very brief overview of the history of textual production and book history, as well as introducing you to various issues raised by that history, e.g.: How can we evaluate the legitimacy of a particular edition for the use(s) we intend (teaching, pleasure reading, as a basis for scholarly research, and so on)? How do texts get established, both at their origin and later, in the activity known as the "scholarly edition"? How do we find materials, both primary and secondary, to support our research? What are the basics schools of scholarly inquiry whence we can conduct our research? More particularly (and depending upon your interests), we will go more deeply into a variety of possible questions such as, what is "The First Folio," and what do the terms "first" and "folio" mean? What is the difference between the two quarto editions of King Lear? How did we get the text of "Beowulf"? What is the publication history of Dickens' novels and how did it differ from the norm? Is the author's final text always a preferred one? The assignments are designed to give you practical experience working with various reference sources, as well as grappling with issues you will face as a scholar and/or teacher of literature.

6680: The Nature of Story (taught by Dr. Mary Magoulick)

We will consider “the nature of story” in its two senses – understanding narrative theoretically and artistically, and understanding connections between narrative and the environment or landscape. We will thus read myths, contemporary literature, theories of myth and narrative, consider information about nature and the environment, watch films, and read ideas on connections between the environment and human culture. The course will be exploratory in nature, but takes as an assumption that many myths and works of literature are intimately informed by and reflective of the natural world. What this mythic reflection of the human relationship to and conception of nature reveals, is to be discovered. But even from the outset, students should anticipate examining questions surrounding current environmental destruction (by humans). This is a graduate seminar, thus dependent upon strong student input and participation.

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