Fall 2019 Writing Studies Course Schedule

ENG 642: Style (Area II)

(CRN 42602)
Mondays – 6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Dr. Melissa Goldthwaite

In this course, we will consider the history of style from a rhetorical perspective and then move to the work of 20th and 21st century writers to explore the use of style in contemporary writing, including your own. A discussion-based seminar with a workshop component, this course depends on a high level of participation. In addition to reading, you will write a series of short papers and conduct a semester-long project exploring style. (Area II)


ENG 620: Special Topics in Lit: 21st Century Black Literature Imagination (Area I)

(CRN 42601)
Tuesdays – 6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Dr. Aisha D. Lockridge

Working in tandem, the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement sought to free Black people from the terror of white law while the leaders of the Black Arts Movement sought to free Black artists from the tyranny of white gatekeepers. The mark of their respective successes, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the significant number of Black writers holding forth a Black Aesthetic, suggests that the quotidian lives of Black Americans would be radically different, that they would experience an era of freedom and opportunity like no other. Over 50 years later, Black literary critic Michelle Wright argues succinctly: “There is no progress; there is only the infinite possibilities of the present.” The work of this class is this conundrum. We will anatomize literature and literary criticism written after the signing of the Civil Rights Act identifying common tropes, styles, imagery and artistic strategies. Paying particular attention to newer areas of African American literary/critical inquiry like Afro-Pessimism, Post-Soul Memoir, and Contemporary Narratives of Slavery in the 21st century, we will frame our inquiry by determining how current Black writers conceptualize freedom and citizenship as raced and gendered subjects in spite of overwhelmingly monolithic ideas of Blackness and ethnic absolutism. (Area I)


ENG 676: Writing for Publication (Area III)

(CRN 42603)
Wednesdays – 6:30 – 9:15 p.m.

Successful freelance publishing begins with an awareness of what editors and their readers want. It demands knowledge of the manuscript market and familiarity with the requirements of specific publications: subject, length, organization, style. Unpublished writers can perfect their skills by analysis and imitation of authors who already write for the publications in which learners wish to appear. The course requires that assignments be composed—from the beginning—for specific publications and that completed work will be submitted for publication. Content can be fiction, nonfiction, or journalism and varies with the instructor. (Area III)


ENG 550: Practice of Writing (Core Class)

(CRN 42600)
Thursdays – 6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Professor Tenaya Darlington

This course is designed as an Introduction to the Writing Studies Program, and it allows students to explore a variety of genres while they explore career options within the writing/publishing world. Students will literally “walk in the shoes” of different writers, playing the role of columnist, reporter, editor, poet, and fiction writer. At the end of the course, students will reflect on these different roles and begin brainstorming a possible thesis project in one area. (Core Course)

Questions? Email Director Tom Coyne at tcoyne@sju.edu or Heather Foster at hfoster@sju.edu.


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