Apr 19, 2024  
2003-2004 Graduate Catalog 
2003-2004 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Graduate Degree Programs

Students admitted to graduate study in the Department of English normally follow a thirty-hour program of courses leading to the Master of Arts in English. Students whose undergraduate degree was not in English will usually be asked to complete a 39-hour program. All students take English 500: Introduction to the Graduate Study of Literature, and at least 15 hours of graduate literature courses. Students in the composition concentration take additional courses exploring current theories about writing, the teaching of writing, and the contexts of writing—including linguistics, critical theory, and discourse analysis. Students in the creative writing concentration take an equal number of courses in literature and in writing. Students in the women’s studies concentration take additional courses in women’s literature and women’s studies.

With an advisory committee’s approval, students in the literature and composition concentrations may select a six-hour thesis option as a part of their study. All students in the creative writing concentration produce a thesis consisting of a substantial body of original work (a novel, a collection of short stories, a collection of poetry) prefaced by a discussion of the creative process that gave rise to the work and/or critical analysis placing the work in the context of literary traditions and movements.

All options are designed to promote breadth and depth of knowledge in British and American literature. The degree provides valuable training for teachers of English at the secondary level, and a solid preparation for pursuing doctoral work in the field. In the scheduling of its courses and in the scope of the comprehensive examination required by all students, the Department presents a substantial and coordinated curriculum of graduate study. The English Department supports two journals, Paideuma: A Journal Devoted to Ezra Pound Scholarship, and Sagetrieb: A Journal Devoted to Poets in the Imagist/ Objectivist Tradition, to which graduate students have contributed editorial assistance as well as articles.

Summer Program

Students unable to commute or be in residence during the academic year may earn the M.A. through the summer session. The department schedules its summer graduate offerings in such a way that students will have access to most of the graduate curriculum over every four-summer cycle. Students transferring the allowable maximum of six hours of graduate credit or 400-level courses will be able to complete the coursework for the thesis degree in as few as three summers and the non-thesis degree in four. Admission and degree requirements are the same as for regular academic-year students. Applications for the summer degree program may be submitted at any time during the year.

Admission Requirements

Applicants normally are expected to have at least a 3.0 grade-point average in English from an accredited institution, and a verbal score of 600 or more on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination. The GRE Subject Test in Literature in English is recommended but not required.

Applicants should specify on their application forms the concentration or concentrations to which they wish to apply. They should also submit a 10-20 page writing sample: for the literature concentration, a sample of literary analysis; for the composition concentration, a sample of expository or other analytical prose (having to do with writing or writing theory if possible); for the creative writing concentration, poetry or fiction. Applicants wishing to be considered for teaching assistantships should also include a statement about their philosophy of teaching and their teaching experience, if any.

The Department requires a reading knowledge of one foreign language for admission. An applicant who has not met this requirement by passing six credit hours of a college intermediate language course with a “C” or higher may be admitted on a provisional basis and must then meet the requirement through coursework or by taking a written equivalency test before registering for more than 12 credit hours of graduate work.

Applicants wishing to be considered for a teaching assistantship should be sure their complete files are submitted by February 15.

Degree Requirements

All students are required to complete ENG 500: Introduction to the Graduate Study of Literature, within their first twelve hours of work. Graduate teaching assistants in the Department are also required to take ENG 693: Teaching College Composition, during their first semester of teaching.

The program usually requires 30 hours of coursework, and at least 24 hours must be in English courses numbered 500 or above, including up to six hours of thesis credit (ENG 699). Students with teaching assistantships will normally need two years to complete the program; other full-time students sometimes finish more quickly, while part-time and non-resident students usually take longer. Typically, seven to eight graduate courses are offered each semester and three to four each summer; many are offered in the late afternoon or evenings.

A six-hour comprehensive written examination, graded “Pass” or “Fail,” is required of all students. Based on the department’s M.A. Reading List, the written examination is offered twice each year, in spring and fall. All thesis candidates, including creative writers, do one-hour defenses of their theses.

Coursework requirements for thirty-hour programs follow:

Literature Concentration. 30 hours of graduate coursework, to include ENG 500; literature courses predominate; thesis candidates take up to six hours of thesis credit.

Concentration in Composition: Theory, Practice, Pedagogy. 15 hours of graduate literature courses, including ENG 500; ENG 579: Theory of Composition; and ENG 693: Teaching College Composition. Thesis candidates take 9 hours additional composition-related coursework, including 3-6 hours thesis credits. Non-thesis candidates take 9 hours of additional coursework, at least six to be related to composition.

Concentration in Creative Writing. Thesis program only. 15 hours of graduate literature courses, to include ENG 500; 15 hours of writing courses (workshops, thesis credits, ENG 693).

Concentration in Women’s Studies. 30 hours of graduate coursework, to include ENG 500; WST 510: Advanced Studies in Feminist Theory; ENG 549: Studies in Women’s Literature; and one other women’s studies or women’s literature course, the remaining 18 credit hours must be in English. Thesis candidates take up to six hours of thesis credit. This concentration cannot be combined with any other except literature.

For more information on the English Department and its graduate program, see our website at: http://www.umaine.edu/english.

Graduate Faculty

Robert A. Brinkley, Ph.D. (Massachusetts at Amherst, 1979), Associate Professor and Chair. Romanticism, critical theory, Spenser, Milton.

Paul Bauschatz, Ph.D. (Columbia, 1972), Associate Professor. Literature and linguistics, critical theory, medieval literature.

Joseph E. Brogunier, Ph.D. (Minnesota, 1969), Associate Professor. Twentieth-century American poetry and fiction. Melville, Faulkner, Pound, Hart Crane.

Richard T. Brucher, Ph.D. (Rutgers, 1978), Asso-ciate Professor, British and American drama, technical writing.

A. Patricia Burnes, Ph.D. (St. Louis University, 1977), Associate Professor. American literature, the development of writing ability.

Laura Cowan, Ph.D. (Princeton, 1988), Associate Professor. Modernist literature. Poetry.

Josephine Donovan, Ph.D. (Wisconsin at Madison, 1971), Professor. Feminist critical theory, critical theory, women’s literature. (On leave, 2000-2001.)

Steven Evans, Ph.D. (Brown, 1999), Assistant Professor. Postmodern American poetry, critical theory.

T. Jeff Evans, Ph.D. (California at Davis, 1974), Associate Professor. American literature, film.

Welch D. Everman, Ph.D. (SUNY-Buffalo, 1988), Professor. Creative writing, critical theory, popular culture.

Elaine Ford, B.A. (Harvard, 1964), Professor. Creative writing.

Benjamin Friedlander, Ph.D. (SUNY-Buffalo, 1999), Assistant Professor. Poetry and poetics; nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature.

Burton N. Hatlen, Ph.D. (California at Davis, 1971), Professor. Milton, Spenser, Donne and the Metaphysicals, Shakespeare, modern American poetry.

Constance Hunting, B.A. (Brown, 1947), Professor. Creative writing, the Bloomsbury Group, modern British and American poetry.

Naomi Jacobs, Ph.D. (Missouri, 1982), Professor. British and American fiction, women’s literature, utopian literature.

Harvey Kail, Ph.D. (Northern Illinois, 1977), Associate Professor. Composition theory and practice, American poetry and poetics.

Margaret A. Lukens, Ph.D. (Colorado, 1991), Associate Professor. Nineteenth-century American literature, Native American literature, and multi-cultural studies.

Linne R. Mooney, Ph.D. (Toronto, 1981), Professor and Graduate Coordinator. Medieval literature.

Virginia Nees-Hatlen, Ph.D. (Iowa, 1980), Asso-ciate Professor and Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Composition theory and practice; teaching literature and writing; Renaissance.

Kenneth W. Norris, Ph.D. (McGill, 1980), Professor. Canadian literature and creative writing.

Deborah D. Rogers, Ph.D. (Columbia, 1982), Professor. Restoration and eighteenth-century English literature.

John R. Wilson, Ph.D. (Kansas, 1969), Associate Professor. Victorian literature, Religion and literature. Liberal Studies.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Graduate Degree Programs