Maureen Curtin

Associate Professor


314 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Fall 2018
Tuesday 11:00-11:30 & 7:45-8:15
Thursday 11:00 - 1:00
or by appointment

Classes taught


ENG 304/800
TR 9:35-10:55 223 Marano CC
ENG 370/800 TR 2:20-3:40 323 Marano CC

ENG 465/810

T 5:00-7:45 323 Marano CC

ENG 304 LITERARY CRITICISM-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 modern Irish-American fiction, 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 modern Irish-American fiction 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 literature. 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.

ENG 204 or its equivalent is a pre-requisite for the course.

ENG 370 WOMEN IN LITERATURE-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.