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Here are the courses I teach or have taught at Carson-Newman University:

Arthurian Legends (English 479): A study in the folklore and literature surrounding the stories of King Arthur in Welsh, French, Latin, Middle English, and Modern English sources. Readings include The Mabinogion, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chrétien de Troyes, Marie de France, Sir Thomas Malory, Lord Tennyson, and T. H. White.

Chaucer and His Circle (English 451): A study of Chaucer's poetry focusing on his minor poems, Troilus and Criseyde, and The Canterbury Tales with an emphasis on learning to speak and read Middle English from the original text. Course includes brief excursions into translated works by Boethius, Gower, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Machaut, and Froissart.

Middle English Dialects (English 390): Survey of four Middle English dialects as appearing in the works of specific authors including Chaucer (London dialect), the Pearl Poet (West Midlands), the Sir Orfeo Poet (Southern), and Thomas Chester (Kentish).

Gender in Greco-Roman Literature (English 391): A study of how classical Greek and Roman authors portray masculinity and femininity. Translated Greek texts include Homer's Odyssey, Aristophanes' Lysistrata, Plato's Symposium, and various plays by Euripides and Aeschylus. Roman texts include Virgil's Aeneid, Apuleius' The Golden Ass, and Ovid's Art of Love. Offered as an independent study in the summer of 2006.

Classical Mythology (English 474): A study of mythology in Greco-Roman culture and literature from the Homeric period up through the Augustan and Patristic age with an emphasis on how religious practices appear in poetic texts. Course content developed out of the ACA summer study in Greece (May 2006). Offered in the spring of 2008.

Studies in the Novel: Science Fiction Narratives (English 340B): A study of the development of science fiction narratives with an emphasis on the novel. The material ranges from early Renaissance writings like Francis Bacon's New Atlantis and finishes with the postmodern Cyberpunk movement. Most works are from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Scheduled for spring 2007.

Major American Authors: Poe and Hawthorne (English 450): A comparative study focusing on the short stories, poetry, and longer prose work by Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The course places special emphasis on allegorical and gothic elements in these works. (Offered as an independent study in the summer of 2005.)

Survey: Early British Literature (English 362): Survey of Early British Literature for majors covers material from the Anglo-Saxon period up through the Enlightenment with an emphasis on historical trends and their relationship to literary art.

Advanced Composition, Grammar, and Language Studies (English 328): Study of the history of the English language and the development of English grammar leading up to modern debates in composition theory.

Viking Sagas and Anglo-Saxon Adventures (English 270/German 320): Team-taught course with Dr. Michael Putnam of the Foreign Language Department. Study of Old Norse/Icelandic Sagas and continental Germanic medieval literature compared to Anglo-Saxon literature. Readings include Tacitus, Njal's Saga, Grettir's Saga, the Niebelungenlied, and various Anglo-Saxon poetic and prose works.

Introduction to the Liberal Arts (LA 101): A course for new students at Carson-Newman University introducing them to the history of Carson-Newman and our place in the Liberal Arts tradition. Each LA 101 course is individually shaped around a topic of interest to the professor and how that topic relates to the Liberal Arts. My own LA 101 course for the Fall 2008 class focuses on science fiction novels and the way these narratives depict the human condition.

Writing and Literary Studies III (English 301): Non-major junior survey covers the Restoration through Postmodernism.

Writing and Literary Studies II (English 201): Non-major sophomore survey covers the classical period through the end of the Renaissance.

Writing and Literary Studies I (English 101): This freshman course covers basic composition, beginning rhetorical skills, library research, and literary studies with an emphasis on Appalachian writers and poets.

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