Department of English

http://www.wku.edu/english

Robert C. Hale, Department Head
Cherry Hall 135
(270) 745-3043
english.office@wku.edu

Faculty

Professor

Kenneth W. Berry, PhD (English), University of Mississippi, 2000

Lloyd G. Davies, PhD (Literature), Duke University, 1993

Nikolai Endres, PhD (Comparative Literature), University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2000

Jane L. Fife, PhD (English Rhetoric and Composition), University of Louisville, 1992

Robert Hale, PhD (English), Louisiana State University AM College, 1996

Theodore R. Hovet, PhD (English), Duke University, 1995

Thomas C. Hunley, PhD (Creative Writing), Florida State University, 2003

William D. LeNoir, PhD, Auburn University, 1992

Deborah A. Logan, PhD (English), University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1997

Alexander B. Poole, PhD (English), Oklahoma State University Main Campus, 2003

Elizabeth G. Winkler, PhD (Linguistics), Indiana University at Bloomington, 1999

Associate Professor

David J. Bell, PhD (English and Comparative Literature), University of Cincinnati Main Campus, 2005

Angela L. Jones, PhD (English), University of Kansas Main Campus, 2001

Alison L. Langdon, PhD (English), University of Oregon, 2004

Peggy D. Otto, PhD (English Rhetoric Composition), University of Louisville, 2009

Kelly L. Reames, PhD (English), University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2002

Jeffrey A. Rice, PhD (English), University of Florida, 2010

Lawrence D. Rigby, PhD (English), University of Missouri-Columbia, 2000

Judith Szerdahelyi, PhD (English, English), University North Carolina Greensboro, 2002

Assistant Professor

Rebbecca L. Brown, PhD (English), University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2007

Jessica L. Folk, MFA (Screenwriting), Chapman University, 2014

Jerod Hollyfield, PhD (English), Louisiana State University AM College, 2011

Gillian B. Knoll, PhD, University of Maryland College Park, 2012

Christopher S. Lewis, PhD (English), The Ohio State University at Marion, 2012

Daniel J. Liddle, MA (Professional Communication), Clemson University, 2012

Alison M. Youngblood, PhD (Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), University of Central Florida, 2014

Marla K. Zubel, PhD (Comparative Literature), University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2017


English Courses

ENG 401G   Advanced Composition    3 Hours

Study and practice in various forms of writing and rhetorical principles.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

ENG 402G   Editing and Publishing    3 Hours

Editing collections of student works in several types including experience in computer text editing; lectures by visiting publishers and editors of books, journals, and newspapers.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2017

ENG 403G   Writing Memoir and Autobiography    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

A course in the techniques of writing autobiography; readings will be chosen primarily from contemporary American examples of the genre. May be repeated for credit up to two times for a maximum of nine credit hours.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

ENG 404G   History of the English Language    3 Hours

Origin and development of the language from Indo-European to Modern English with emphasis on developments in the sound system, vocabulary, and grammar; historical and cultural effects.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ENG 407G   Linguistic Analysis    3 Hours

Current linguistic theory which includes the important levels of language as a means of communication; various theories and applications of linguistic theory to other fields of study.
Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate linguistics course or permission nof instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

ENG 408G   Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics    3 Hours

The study of developmental psycholinguistics (language acquisition), experimental psycholinguistics (speech production/comprehension, and sociolinguistics (how language varieties are used by families, school systems and multicultural nations).
Prerequisite(s): ENG 407G.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

ENG 410G   Composition Theory and Practice in Writing Instruction    3 Hours

A study of contemporary theories of composition with emphasis on their relevance to writing and the teaching of writing.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; fall 2017

ENG 412G   Theories of Rhetoric and Persuasive Writing    3 Hours

A survey of the history of rhetorical theory from the classical to the contemporary period with emphasis on how theories reflect and guide persuasion in public and written discourse.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

ENG 415G   Writing and Technology    3 Hours

Study of issues surrounding interrelations of technology and writing; effects of technologies (e.g., printing press, computers) on writing processes and on types of writing; institutional changes wrought by computers.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 300.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2017

ENG 430G   19th Century American Literature    3 Hours

Seminar in 19th-century American literature; course topics will vary.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2017

ENG 457G   British Literature since 1900    3 Hours

A study of British fiction, poetry, and/or drama produced between 1900 and the present. Topic will vary.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

ENG 460G   Literary Theory and Criticism    3 Hours

A study of theories and methods of literary and cultural analysis selected from ancient times to the present. Focus includes the written practice of criticism in response to a wide variety of texts.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

ENG 465G   Film Genres    3 Hours

Study of the historical development, thematic and stylistic conventions, and cultural significance of film genre(s). Surveys representative films from one or two genres, e.g. film noir and the Western; romantic comedy and family melodrama; horror and science fiction; the musical; the war film; the epic.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 100 and ENG 200 and either FILM 201 or ENG 365, or instructor's permission.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

ENG 466G   Film Theory    3 Hours

Study of major theories of narrative film and related media; specific theories examined will include formalist, auteurist, historical, structuralist, psychoanalytical, and political. Will include viewing of selected films.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 366, ENG 365; FILM 201, or permission of instructor.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

ENG 467G   Visiting Writer Summer Workshop    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Advanced creative writing workshop. Offered for four weeks each summer by a visiting writer of national reputation. Alternating genres.
Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission required.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ENG 468G   Early Modern English Literature    3 Hours

A study of selected literary works from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, with attention to the historical, theoretical, and aesthetic conditions that shaped the imaginative development of English literature.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

ENG 471G   TESL Practicum    4 Hours

Supervised observation and instruction in public school or other appropriate settings, culminating in the production of a portfolio. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 407G, ENG 408G, ENG 565, ENG 566 and permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

ENG 474G   Advanced Poetry Writing    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

An advanced, intensive course in the writing of poetry, emphasizing the practice and prevalent theories of contemporary poets. May be repeated twice for a total of nine (9) credit hours.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

ENG 475G   Advanced Fiction Workshop    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

An advanced and intensive course exploring the techniques of writing fiction, emphasizing contemporary theory and practice.. May be repeated for credit up to two times for a maximum of nine credit hours.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 303 or equivalent.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

ENG 481G   Chaucer    3 Hours

Representative works of Chaucer, with emphasis on The Canterbury Tales; backgrounds; outside readings and reports.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ENG 482G   Shakespeare    3 Hours

A study of selected works by Shakespeare, situating them in their cultural moment and considering what has made them so durable, adaptable, deeply familiar, and popular in successive generations.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

ENG 484G   British Romanticism    3 Hours

British literature and culture from the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017

ENG 486G   The Eighteenth Century    3 Hours

Eighteenth-century literature, forms, and developments.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ENG 487G   Dante's Divine Comedy and its Influences    3 Hours

An intensive study of The Divine Comedy, in English translation, along with Dante's major sources and analogues.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2017

ENG 488G   Victorian Literature & Culture    3 Hours

Studies in Victorian poets and novelists, emphasizing the rise and fall of the British Empire and the birth of mass media.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ENG 489G   The British Novel    3 Hours

A comprehensive exploration of English-language novels, from the Mother Country to the Colonies. Emphasis on genre development as a reflection of contemporary history.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015

ENG 490G   American Novel    3 Hours

Study of the American novel as a genre. Topic will vary by semester.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2017

ENG 493G   American Poetry    3 Hours

The course examines, in addition to major writers, selected major movements and schools in American poetry, paying special attention to influences, techniques and styles.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017

ENG 495G   Southern Literature    3 Hours

ISelected texts by writers from and abuot the United States South
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2017

ENG 497G   Women's Literature    3 Hours

Study of the literary history, criticism, and theory of women's writing, with an emphasis on American and British writers.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

ENG 499G   Directed Study/English-Ind    3 Hours

A study of a specific literary or linguistic topic directed by a faculty member.
Prerequisite(s): 3.0 grade point average.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ENG 501   Graduate Writing Workshop    3 Hours (repeatable max of 21 hrs)

Provides a Master's level workshop for students with varied writing interests.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

ENG 502   Graduate Directed Writing    3 Hours

Provides a graduate-level directed writing course for students with varied writing interests.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ENG 504   Studies in American Literature    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Focuses on an area of study in American literature from a range of historical periods; explores a particular topic and/or an array of literary genres or modes.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

ENG 507   Introduction to Creative Writing Studies    3 Hours

An introduction to the field of creative writing studies; its history within academia; its pedagogies; and its distinctive culture, including common practices in networking, lifelong learning and professional development, and best practices for writers seeking to publish their work.
Prerequisite(s): Admission into the MFA program or instructor permission.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

ENG 509   Practicum in One-to-One Writing Instruction    0 Hours

Participants will study the theory and practice of writing conferences and tutorials. Course will prepare participants to work individually with students, both as part of classroom instruction and in tutorial settings.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 100 and ENG 200 and ENG 300.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

ENG 510   Graduate Rhetoric and Writing    3 Hours

Rhetorical theories and the practical considerations of college writing instruction. Open to all students but required of teaching assistants prior to their first teaching assignment.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

ENG 511   Writing Instruction Practicum    0 Hours

A practicum in composition instruction for English Department graduate assistants who will be teaching ENG 100 as part of their assistantship in subsequent semesters.
Prerequisite(s): Department graduate assistant status AND completion of a minimum of nine hours of English course work.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

ENG 512   Reading as a Writer    3 Hours

A reading course for creative writers. Students will closely read and discuss literary works and craft essays. They will analyze and emulate the forms and techniques of leading practitioners of poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and scriptwriting.
Prerequisite(s): Admission into the MFA program or instructor permission.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

ENG 514   Studies in British Literature    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Focuses on an area of study in British literature from a range of historical periods; explores a particular topic and/or an array of literary genres or modes.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

ENG 515   Internship    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Professional work experience combined with faculty direction.
Prerequisite(s): Admission into the MFA program or instructor permission.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2016; summer 2017

ENG 516   Literature and Pedagogy    3 Hours

Pedagogical theories and the practical considerations of teaching college literature.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 510 and either ENG 507 or ENG 520 and three (3) graduate hours in literature.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ENG 520   Introduction to Graduate Studies    3 Hours

Basic bibliography and bibliographical problems; research methods requisite for the MA thesis and scholarly publications; methodologies of recent critical essays.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

ENG 524   Studies in World Literature    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

A study of world literature, ranging widely over historical periods (classical to modern) and geographical areas (Eastern and Western), including both canonical works and non-traditional literatures; topics will vary every semester.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2017

ENG 534   Studies in Genre    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Study of a particular genre, such as the novel, short stories, life writing, poetry, or drama. Topics will vary.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2017; fall 2017

ENG 565   Integrated Teaching English as a Second Language    3 Hours

Solid foundation in the theories of child-adult classroom-based language learning and methods for English language instruction. Field experiences in public schools or other appropriate settings away from campus are required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016

ENG 566   Teaching and Testing ESL Grammar    3 Hours

Investigation of ESL learners' grammatical difficulties, approaches to solving them, and ways to test their grammatical development. Field experiences in public schools or other appropriate settings away from campus are required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 407G.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016

ENG 586   Seminar in British Writers    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Content varies. Selected works or writers.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

ENG 596   Seminar in American Writers    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Topics will vary. Selected works or writers.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

ENG 597   Special Topics in English    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Seminar on topics in literature, language, or composition.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; winter 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017

ENG 598   Advanced Directed Study    3-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Supervised student research on literary or linguistic topics.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; fall 2017

ENG 599   Thesis Research and Writing    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Thesis research and writing directed by faculty committee.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017

ENG 600   Maintaining Matriculation    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; summer 2017; fall 2017