The English Department is comprised of scholar-teachers committed to the promotion of literacy and the cultivation of scholarly and professional competencies in critical thinking and persuasive writing across a wide spectrum of literary, technical, and rhetorical situations. We foster intellectual and cultural diversity, originality of thought, and clarity and cogency of expression through degree programs designed to advance careful, sophisticated reading practices as well as complex analytical and research skills. We aim to cultivate our students’ management, organization, and production of knowledge. Our curricula prepare students for a wide array of professional endeavors, including law, teaching, publishing, technical communication, advertising, media, and business, as well as the pursuit of advanced degrees.

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>>Fall 2014 EH 200-level: READINGS IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE I & II themes here.<<




EH  432-01: ST: AMERICAN LITERARY MODERNISM  (MWF 11:30am-12:25pm)  

This course will acquaint students with the major figures and historical events that surround the literary period known as American Modernism.  We'll focus on long texts, with shorter forays into the major poets.  We'll consider how the cultural context shaped the concerns of the writers, and the ways in which the authors responded to and reacted against each other.  While the dates that constitute American Modernism are subject to considerable dispute, our primary concern will be with literature written in the 1920s.  Writers will include Katherine Anne Porter, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, William Faulkner, Jean Toomer, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and poets such as T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, and H.D. For more information, contact Dr. Laurel Bollinger (laurel.bollinger@uah.edu).


EH 451/551: Arthurian Romance (TR 3:55pm-5:15pm)

Literature drawn from 1100-1500AD and read in both translation and Middle English. Texts include Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the British Kings, Chrétien de Troyes' Yvain, the Knight of the Lion, several Gawain romances, and Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. For more information, contact Dr. Joseph Taylor (wjt0003@uah.edu).


EH 470/570: Milton (MW 5:30pm-6:50pm)

This course will introduce you to the work of John Milton (1608-1674), English poet, polemicist, and chief spokesperson for England as God's chosen nation.  We will read some of his early poems (including the provocative pastoral elegy Lycidas), selected prose (such as Areopagitica, Milton's argument for freer speech; The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, the earliest call for divorce on the grounds of mental incompatibility; and The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates, a justification of rebellion against unfit monarchs). We will also read some of his later poetry, including Samson Agonistes, his dramatic inquiry into whether religious violence is justified, and finally, all of the Christian epic Paradise Lost.  As we read and discuss these texts, we will explore the development of his thought and art, focusing on how literary form and historical context energize his work.  We will also engage in close and comparative analysis of texts, and begin to consider the insights of recent criticism. For more information, contact Dr. Angela Balla (angela.balla@uah.edu).



EH 660: SHAKESPEARE: Later Plays in Critical Contexts (TR 5:30pm-6:50pm)

This course provides an in-depth study of Shakespeare’s later plays, and will introduce students to some of the critical issues that have been and continue to be important in Shakespeare studies. Plays include well-known works, “problem plays,” and seldom read texts: Hamlet; Troilus and Cressida; Measure for Measure; Othello; either All’s Well That Ends Well or Timon of Athens (class will vote); King Lear; Macbeth; Antony and Cleopatra; Pericles; Coriolanus; The Winter’s Tale; Cymbeline; The Tempest. Assignments will include two theoretically-informed response papers, a related in-class presentation, an annotated bibliography, a conference-length paper (or equivalent), and active questioning of texts. For more information, contact Dr. Chad Thomas (chad.thomas@uah.edu).



We are offering NEW COURSES in the fall semester:
EH 211: Creative Writing, MW 5:30-6:50, instructor Anna Weber
EH 303: Practice and Research in Technical Communication, TR 3:55-5:15, instructor Dr. Ryan Weber
EH 414/514: Creative Non Fiction, TR 5:30-6:50, instructor Dr. Diana Bell
EH 432: American Literary Modernism, MWF 11:30-12:25, instructor Dr. Laurel Bollinger
EH 461: Shakespeare I, TR 12:45-2:05, instructor Dr. Jeff Nelson



June 9, 2014 - English graduate student Kylie Lemon is working on a number of current projects:

  • Working on co-authored chapter with former graduate student Hustion Carter entitled "GTAs and the Writing Studio: Pedagogical Implications" that will be published in Innovative Developments in Writing Studio Practice. ed. Mark Sutton and Sally Chandler. New York: Hampton Press Inc., 2014.
  • Co-authored a presentation with Rik Hunter (University of Tennesee-Chattanoga) and Alanna Frost entitled "'Google Apps for Education' in the Composition Classroom," which was presented at the 2014 Computers and Writing Conference, June 2014.
  • Presented a paper entitled "New Ways in the World: Ender's Game, Globalization, and the Bildungsroman" at the University of Florida's 2014 Marxist Reading Group Conference, March 2014.
  • Presented a paper entitled "Colonizing the Colonizer: Blurring the line between the first and third world in Ernest Cline's Ready Player One" at the University of Florida's 2013 Graduate Organization Annual Conference, October 2013.
  • Co-presented with Alanna Frost a presentation entitled "Using Google Apps in the Writing Classroom from Pragmatics to Critical Engagement" at the 2013 UA System Scholar's Institute, May 2013.
  • Presented a paper entitled "The Gentrification of Self: Disruption of Space and Identity in Ernesto Quinonez's Chango's Fire" at the University of Alabama-Huntsville's "Forms of Life" Graduate Student Conference, March 2013.


June 3, 2014 - English graduate students Mandy Hughes, Lora Hibbard, and Christa Reaves have had a panel accepted to the Popular/American Culture Association in the South (PCAS/ACAS) conference in the fall. Our panel is titled "Subversive Subtexts: Feminism, Gender, and Performance in the Works of Shakespeare." Graduate student Anna Jones will serve as panel chair.


  • "Mistake No More": Performance and Layers of Identity in "The Taming of the Shrew" and "As You Like It" by Amanda Hughes
  • "Unvirtuous Hero and Tamed Shrew: Problems and Solutions to Modern Interpretations of Female Characters in Shakespeare’s Comedies" by Lora Hibbard
  • "'I Will Not Charm My Tongue': Emilia's Performance of Gender in Shakespeare's Othello" by Christa Reaves


June 3, 2014 - English graduate students Melissa Black and Ashley Sylvester will present their co-authored paper, "A Millenarian Take on George Herbert's The Temple" at The Fourth Triennial George Herbert Society Conference in Phoenix, AZ, 16-18 October 2014.  Their jointly undertaken research has grown out of two independent final essay projects for their graduate seminar course with Dr. Angela Balla. Here is a link to the fall conference: http://www.uncg.edu/eng/george_herbert/.


March 27, 2014 - Recent UAH English graduate Mandy Hughes (MA, 2013) has started a theatre company, Rocket City Shakespeare, whose first production will be The Taming of the Shrew. Performances will be May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 in the Wilson Theatre on the UAH campus. Current English student Christa Reaves is assistant director, and English faculty member Chad Thomas is playing Baptista Minola. For more information click here.


March 1, 2014 - UAH English graduate student, Erin Gowdy, presented her paper “Utopian Echoes in A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters,” at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention in Savannah, GA.


February 28, 2014 - On February 28 several of our graduate students were invited to  MTSU, in Murfreesboro, TN, to attend the Virginia Peck Composition Series. This year's speaker was Cheryl Ball, featuring Dr. Cheryl Ball, Associate Professor of New Media Studies at Illinois State University. Dr. Ball is the editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy and is currently a Fulbright scholar at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. (Pictured below, UAH graduate students: Brianna Cox, Christa Reaves, Cheryl Ball (Speaker), Loreal Moore, Kylie Lemon, Charles Grimm, Lora Hibbard, and UAH Associate Professor and Director of Composition, Dr. Alanna Frost.)

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