English

From the classics to the contemporary, the Department of English offers Rhodes students a wide array of courses in literature, creative writing and film. Students develop the ability to analyze and create with an emphasis on establishing strong writing skills. 

English: Faculty and Staff

Professors

Gordon Bigelow. 1998.  A.B., Brown University; M.A., University of New Hampshire; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz. (Nineteenth-century Britain and Ireland, Cultural Studies.) 
Marshall Boswell. 1996. B.A., Washington and Lee University; M.A., Washington University; Ph.D., Emory University. (American Literature.)
Scott Newstok. 2007. B.A., Grinnell College; Ph.D., Harvard University. (Shakespeare, Poetics.)
Brian W. Shaffer. 1990. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Faculty Development. B.A., Washington University; Ph.D., University of Iowa. (Twentieth-century British and Irish literature, modern novel.)

Associate Professors

Rebecca Finlayson. 2001. Director of College Writing, Director of the Rhodes Summer Writing Institute. B.A., Smith College; M.A. and Ph.D., Emory University. (Early Modern British Literature.)
Lori Garner. 2009. B.A., Hendrix College; M.A. University of Arkansas; Ph.D., University of Missouri. (Medieval Studies, Oral Tradition.)
Judith Haas. 2002. B.A., Wesleyan University; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz. (Medieval Studies, Women’s Studies.)
Leslie Petty. 2003. B.A., Emory University; M.A., Louisiana State University; Ph.D., University of Georgia. (American Literature.)
Jason Richards. 2008. B.A., and M.A., California State University, Long Beach; Ph.D., University of Florida. (American Literature, Postcolonial Literature.)
Rashna Wadia Richards. 2008. B.A., Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai, India; M.A., University of Mumbai, India; M.A., West Virginia University; Ph.D., University of Florida. (Film Studies.)
Seth Rudy. 2010. B.F.A., New York University (Film and Television); M.A., New York University; Ph.D., New York University. (Eighteenth Century English Literature, British Romanticism.)
Caki Wilkinson. 2012. Director of Creative Writing. B.A., Rhodes College; M.F.A. (Poetry) Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati. (English and Comparative Literature.)

Assistant Professors

Amy Benson. 2016. B.S., Bowling Green State University; M.F.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (Creative Non-Fiction.)
Chanelle Benz. 2017. B.F.A., Boston University; M.F.A., Syracuse University. (Creative Writing, Fiction.)
Stephanie Elsky. 2017. B.A., Columbia University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania. (Early Modern Literature.)

Staff

Lorie W. Yearwood. 2006. Departmental Assistant. A.A.S., State Technical Institute at Memphis.

Honors in English

  1. Courses required: fulfillment of the requirements for a major in English; English 495-496.
  2. A substantial, in-depth thesis.
  3. Approval by the English Honors Committee.

Requirements for a Major in English

Requirements for a Major in English 

 

A total of eleven (11) courses (44 credits) as follows:

 

Track I: Concentration in Literature:

I. English 285, normally taken by the end of the sophomore year.

 

II. One (1) course in four (4) of the following five (5) categories:

A. Medieval (219, 319, 320, 325)

B. Renaissance/Early Modern (230, 322, 323, 332, 335, 340)

C. 18th Century (343, 345, 350)

D. 19th Century (351, 355, 360, 361)

E. 20th-21st Century (241, 242, 250, 251, 362, 363, 365, 370, 381)

 

III. One (1) course in each of the following three (3) categories:

A. Diversity and Difference (220, 224, 264, 364, 375)

B. In Focus (190, 220, 221, 225, 230, 235, 245, 264, 265, 315, 316, 325, 332, 335, 336, 345, 359, 363, 375, 380, 381)

C. Topics in Literary Theory (382, 385)

 

IV. English 485, normally taken in the senior year.

 

V. Of the eleven required courses, a minimum of nine (9) must be in literature. Up to two (2) other courses may count (e.g. film or writing courses).

 

VI. Of the eleven required courses, a minimum of seven (7) must be numbered 300 or above. (English 460 does not fulfill this requirement.)

 

VII. A course may carry up to two separate designations (for example, II.A and IV or III.B and IV).

 

 

Track II: Concentration in Literature and Creative Writing:

I. English 285, normally taken by the end of the sophomore year.

 

II. One (1) course in Category A, B, or C and one (1) course in category D or E:

A. Medieval (219, 319, 320, 325)

B. Renaissance/Early Modern (230, 322, 323, 332, 335, 340)

C. 18th Century (343, 345, 350)

D. 19th Century (351, 355, 360, 361)

E. 20th-21st Century (241, 242, 250, 251, 362, 363, 365, 370, 381)

 

III. One (1) course in each of the following three (3) categories:

A. Diversity and Difference (220, 224, 264, 364, 375)

B. In Focus (190, 220, 221, 225, 230, 235, 245, 264, 265, 315, 316, 325, 332, 335, 336, 359, 363, 375, 380, 381)

C. Topics in Literary Theory (382, 385)

 

IV. English 485, normally taken in the senior year.

 

V. One (1) workshop course in each of the following four (4) categories:

A. English 210

B. Intermediate Workshop I (300, 301, 305)

C. Intermediate Workshop II (300, 301, 305)

D. Advanced Workshop (400, 401, 405)

 

VI. Of the eleven required courses, only one non-literary course may count (e.g. film or academic writing courses).

 

VII. Of the eleven required courses, a minimum of seven (7) must be numbered 300 or above. (English 460 does not fulfill this requirement.)

 

VIII. A course may carry up to two separate designations (for example, II.A and IV or III.B and IV).

 

Note: Those considering the concentration in literature and creative writing should contact one of the creative writing professors for early advising, preferably by the end of the first year.

Requirements for a Minor in English

A total of 5 courses (20 credits) as follows:

  1. Two courses at the 190 or 200 level
  2. Three additional courses in English numbered 300 or higher.

The Writing Center

The Department oversees a writing service available to all Rhodes students. Student tutors are available daily to assist students with written work.