E436 Contemporary Critical Theory (3)
An examination of the main trends in the development of critical and cultural theories since the New Criticism, focusing
on (French) post-structuralism, (German) hermeneutics, and (American) pragmatism, as well as (post-Marxism,
Lacanian, and post-Lacanian) psychoanalysis. This course also looks at some major outgrowths of these approaches,
namely, contemporary feminism, deconstruction, and (so-called) postmodernism.
E453 Psychoanalytic Criticism (3)
An in-depth investigation and critique of the theory and praxis of psychoanalysis as it is applied to the study of
literature and culture. Introduces students to the terminology and the concept of Freudian and Lacanian
psychoanalysis (and biblically and critically examines their origin and development) and applications to the field of
literary and cultural criticism (as well as to aesthetics and gender theory). Recommended for advanced English majors
seeking to pursue graduate education (or others who seek graduate education in various disciplines within the
E489 Directed Studies in Literature (1-3)
Intensive study of a selected topic in literature under direction of a member of the English faculty.
Prerequisite: Open to
English majors only with permission of the department chairperson.
E491 Senior Thesis & Capstone Portfolio (3)
During the last two semesters before graduation, all English majors prepare an extensive research paper on a complex
literary topic, question, or issue. Students also compile an academic portfolio of four papers representative of their
scholarship and a tabular listing of all authors and titles studied in the English major at TMU. After the students’
nationally-normed Area Concentration Achievement Test in Literature in English (ACAT) scores are available, they are
included in the portfolio.
E499 Seminar in Literature (3)
Selected writer, group of writers, or area of study. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Current offerings include:
Feminist Criticism and Gender Theory, Gothic: The Art of Fear, Rhetoric of Technology, Existentialism, Great Books
Great Questions, Postmodernism, The Epic Tradition, and Women Writers.