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Summer MA Information and Course Syllabi for Summer 2017

Students enroll themselves via Tiger Tracks. If you have questions or concerns about enrolling, you may contact the English Department or the Registrar's Office. You must be either a current student or admitted to the graduate program to access enrollment through Tiger Tracks. Please also complete and mail the Declaration of Intent to Enroll form to assist the English Department in tracking your program of study.

Late Arrival
Occasionally, participants whose school systems do not end before summer session begins are not able to be on campus for the first three or four days of classes. You will only be able to take three classes if you must arrive late. Since four-week classes that begin June 6 cannot be enrolled in late, the July classes will be the only courses available to you.

We have made arrangements for you to order your books from the University Bookstore, Memorial Union, FHSU. You will need to specify the books. Books are listed on the course syllabi (links posted below) or you can download a combined list of required books here. The University Bookstore will send the books COD. Some of these books have not yet arrived and may not be available until late February or early March.

Kansas residents pay $214.07 per graduate credit hour. Tuition for fifteen credit hours will be $3211.05.
Contiguous State (CO, MO, NE, or OK) residents pay $303.11 per graduate credit hour. Tuition for fifteen credit hours will be $4546.65.
Out-of-state residents pay $543.15 per graduate credit hour. Tuition for fifteen credit hours will be $8147.25.

Housing Arrangements
A few on-campus apartments are available (apply as soon as possible; these go quickly). These apartments are equipped with a stove, refrigerator, microwave, washer, and dryer. The apartments are not equipped with television sets. Students are responsible for bedding, cookware, and utensils. A limited number of kitchen utensils may be checked out from the English Department on a first-come, first-served basis. When you apply, please specify if you will be here for one month or both, and specify which month if it will just be one. For housing information and application forms, please contact David Bollig, Occupancy Specialist, FHSU, at (785) 628-4245 or dwbollig@fhsu.edu. You may also apply through Tiger Tracks.

Application Fee
A $40.00 non-refundable application fee for the MA program is required on degree-seeking applications received. No action will be taken on your application/enrollment until this fee is paid. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Fort Hays State University Graduate School and included with your application.

Financial Aid
Teaching assistantships, graduate fellowships, or outright grants are not available in this program. However, some scholarships are available to Summer MA graduate students; more information and application forms can be found on the English Department's Scholarships page. The application deadline for the current summer's scholarships is April 1. Also, if need and eligibility can be demonstrated, you may qualify for a Stafford loan. Anyone interested in applying for financial aid should write or call Mr. Craig Karlin, Director, Student Financial Assistance, FHSU (785) 628-4494.

If you are in the two-year program, you will enroll in five of these courses for credit this summer (four courses for those in the three-year program); unless otherwise stipulated in the syllabi, papers and written projects are not due until the end of fall semester. You will receive an Incomplete in all courses unless you choose to finish the written work during the summer in one or two of them. Courses are scheduled for Monday through Friday; however, classes do not meet on Friday, since that day is used for conferences and research. Course syllabi may be downloaded by clicking on the course titles below.

First Four-Week Session: June 5 - June 30, 2017

ENG811 Studies in Composition and Rhetoric: Transnationalism in Literacy Studies

Course Description: In this class, we will consider the ways in which theory and scholarship in transnationalism, literacy studies and composition studies can help us accomplish two goals: learning about the social, cultural and ideological frameworks within which literacy is (and has been) shaped and practiced, and the ways in which we can adapt, extend or invent approaches to writing instruction, curriculum and administration through what we read, discuss and write. Along the way, we will chart the development of literacy studies as an interdisciplinary field and consider how the move toward transnationalism helped the field grow beyond limiting, binary patterns. We will consider the ways in which transnationalism, when combined with literacy studies, allows us to consider developments in literacy practices among global flows of people, languages, materials and ideologies across borders. We will consider the implications of these discoveries for language and literacy, particularly in the ways in which this impacts those who teach and learn.

Book List:

Street, Literacy in Theory and Practice (ISBN: 978-0-521-28961-0)

Heath, Ways with Words (ISBN: 0-521-27319-6)

Additional Readings provided

8:30-10:45 Austin
ENG697 Young Adult Literature

Course Description: This course will be a study and practical application of pedagogy in the teaching of Young Adult Literature (YAL), with emphasis on methods teachers can incorporate into current curriculum or use as a bridge to multicultural, interdisciplinary, historical, and classical literature.

Reading List:

Jennifer Banash, Silent Alarm (Putnam, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-0399257896)
Jason Reynolds and Bandon Kiely, All-American Boys (Atheneum, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1481463331)
Ashley Hope Perez, Out of Darkness (Carolrhoda, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1-4677-4202-3)

Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me Ultima (Grand Central, 1999. ISBN-13: 978-0-446-60025-5)
Wein, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity (First Hyperion, 2013. ISBN-13: 978-142315288-0

Jandy Nelson, I'll Give You the Sun (Speak, ISBN-13: 978-0-142-42576-3)

Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker (Little, Brown, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-0-316-05619-9)
Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows (Henry Holt, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-250-07696-0)
John Corey Whaley, Noggin (Atheneum, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1-442-45873-4)

Alexander Gordon Smith, Lockdown: Escape from Furnace 1 (Square Fish, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0312611934)

11:00-1:15 Craven
  Lunch Break 1:15-2:00  
ENG602 Topics in Writing: Digital Writing

Course Description: Students in the course will learn how to transition from print to digital writing, learning key differences between the two. They will study and practice various types of online copy such as blogs, web content, social media, advertising, and feature writing.

Book List:

Carroll, Brian. Writing and Editing for Digital Media, 2nd ed. Routledge, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-415-72979-6

McCoy, Julia. So You Think You Can Write? The Definitive Guide to Successful Online Writing. Julia McCoy, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-519-38322-8

2:00-4:15 Duffy

Second Four-Week Session: July 3 - July 28, 2017

ENG662 Studies in British Literary Genres: Victorian Horror and Its Aftermath

Course Description:

Book List:

Bram Stoker, Dracula (ISBN 9780393970128)

Richard Marsh, The Beetle (ISBN 1551114439)

Marie Corelli, Ziska (ISBN 9781934555682)

Roger Luckhurst, ed. Late Victorian Gothic Tales (ISBN 9780199538874)

Robert Bloch, Psycho (ISBN 9781590203354)

Stephen King, The Shining (ISBN 9780743437493)

Clive Barker, The Hellbound Heart (ISBN: 9780061452888)

Judith Halberstam, Skin Shows (ISBN 9780822316633)

8:30-10:45 Hutchinson
ENG653 Studies in American Literary Genres: American ProtestLiterature

Course Description: It could be said that the US was born of protest, and from the beginning, writers have used literature as a medium of protest, from William Apess's A Son of the Forest, to Walt Whitman, to Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. This course will examine both representations of protests in fiction and the ways that literature is used as protest in the United. Throughout the course, we will explore the statement made by Richard Wright that "all literature is protest" by trying to define and distinguish a genre that can be identified as "protest literature." Texts include novels by T. Geronimo Johnson, Sunil Yapa, and Dana Spiotta; poetry by Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, and Joy Harjo; songs by Bob Dylan, Billie Holliday, and Tupac Shakur.

Book List:

T. Geronimo Johnson, Welcome to Braggsvile (William Morrow, 978-0062302137)

John Lewis, March: Book Three (Top Shelf, 978-1603094023)

Clifford Odets, Waiting for Lefty and Other Plays (Grove Press, 978-0802132208)

Dana Spiotta, Eat the Document (Scribner, 978-0743273008)

Zoe Trodd (ed.), American Protest Literature (Belknap, 978-0674023529)

Sunil Yapa, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist (Lee Coudreaux/Back Bay, 978-0316386555)

11:00-1:15 Leuschner
  Lunch Break 1:15-2:00  
ENG652 Studies in American Literary Periods: Gender and Nationality, 1776-1865

Course Description: In this course we will concentrate on American literature written in the time frame between the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the end of the Civil War (1865). We will focus on the major modes and themes in American literature from this time period and especially take a look at constructions of gender and national identity within literary texts of various genres. By doing so, we will try to better understand the socio-economic, ideological, and historical developments that had an influence on the writers of the time. Notions of masculinity have had a great impact on U.S. American national identity as well as on its literature. This can for example be seen in Crèvecœur's Letters from an American Farmer (1782), which is not only a well-known manifesto of early American nationalism but it also gives us an insight into the ambivalence that men felt about this newly developing American nation and their own identities as men. Understanding these dynamics of gender intertwined with national identity will be at the center of our discussions. Texts to be included in this course are: excerpts from Crèvecœur's Letters from an American Farmer, poems from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, excerpts from Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, William Hall Brown's The Power of Sympathy, Susanna Rowson's Charlotte Temple, George L. Aiken's Uncle Tom's Cabin, Royall Tyler's The Contrast, William Dunlap's André, and James Nelson Barker's The Indian Princess. By taking a look at drama, poetry, and narrative, we will also examine the development of American literature as a tradition in its own right. Hence, we will study the tension between European traditions on the one hand and a literary emancipation movement in post-revolutionary America on the other. These texts - which oscillate between tradition and innovation, between Europe and America - demonstrate how national identity was formed in America during this era.
Reading List
Crèvecœur, Hector St. John. Letters from an American Farmer and Sketches of Eighteenth-Century America. New York: Penguin Classics, 1981.
Hall Brown, William. The Power of Sympathy and the Coquette. New York: Penguin Classics, 1996.
Richards, Jeffery H. Early American Drama. New York: Penguin Classics, 1997.
Rowson, Susanna Haswell. Charlotte Temple. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1987.
Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass: The First (1855) Edition. New York: Penguin Classics, 1961.
2:00-4:15 Alexia Schemien, Visiting Professor
Special 3-week session (July 3-July 20, 2:00-5:00)

Program Notes

  • *Approaches to Literature is a required course for all graduate students. It is only offered every other summer, so students who have not taken it should take it when available.
  • Independent Study Courses: Independent study courses are not allowed to count toward the thirty hours required in this program.


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