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Maureen Curtin

Associate Professor


314 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Fall 2017

or by appointment

Classes taught

Fall 2017 Courses

ENG 204/80F
TR 3:55-5:15 322 Marano CC
ENG 304/810 TR 12:45-2:05 210 Marano CC
ENG 370/800 TR 9:35-10:55 225 Marano CC

ENG 204-

ENG 304-We will examine literary “theory” that spans from the Enlightenment to the contemporary period, and we will consider debates about the role of the poet or writer in history. Our initial discussions will focus on), and the first essay will provide an opportunity to develop literary analysis guided by whatever questions most resonate with you. Though we will move on to examine literary theory primarily, we will reflect on various theoretical approaches by re-visiting the poems of Gwendolyn Brooks throughout the semester.

Teams of students will work together to facilitate class discussion of theoretical texts: identifying, contextualizing, and paraphrasing the central thesis of each project; exploring the premises and implications of each new essay; juxtaposing new inquiries with more familiar with ones; and demonstrating how the theoretical text illuminates Gwendolyn Brooks’ poetry. This kind of engagement will constitute the basis of the second essay. In the final essay project, students will choose a literary text from an extensive list, develop their own theoretically informed analysis and argument, and integrate relevant critical scholarship. This project will be undertaken in stages, including a proposal, an exam, a draft, a conference, and a revision.

Throughout, students will receive feedback as well opportunities to reflect on that feedback in writing. By semester’s end, students will advance compelling literary analysis in their own voices while demonstrating growth as critical writers.                 Pre-requisite: ENG 204

ENG 370-This course will focus primarily on twentieth-century short fiction, poetry, and criticism by women. Together we will investigate how authority is constructed for women and men; how writing can both confront and reflect political power; how the categories of sex, race, and class are mutually constitutive; and how the literary texts inform the feminist politics and feminist theory that develop across the century. Students will work in teams to practice literary analysis and will work on their own to practice turning literary analysis toward arguments.