Comp Exams Have Been Mailed to Spring 599 Students

If you’re planning to take the 599 thesis tutorial course in spring 2016 you should check your email now. I have just today sent out the comprehensive examination to everyone I have listed as entering the 599 in the spring (everyone who has not already completed the exam, that is). You must successfully pass the exam in order to be able to enter the 599 course. So if you’re planning to take the 599 course in the spring go check your email now and verify if you’ve received the exam. I sent it to whatever accounts you have on record with the college, so you might see the same email in multiple places. Please read the email fully and reply to it immediately to confirm receipt. The email as well as the exam attachment include thorough instructions and the due-date. If you’re reading this and (a) do not see any exam awaiting you in your email inbox, and/or (b) do not see a 599 section on your spring schedule yet, you should contact me at to clear this up.

For Those taking 515 Graphic Novel in the spring

Here is Dr. Medoff’s book order for those taking ENGL 515 Graphic Novel this spring:

  • Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. New York: First Mariner Books, 2006. ISBN 0618871713
  • Eisner, Will. The Contract with God Trilogy. New York: Norton, 2006. ISBN 0393061051
  • Gaiman, Neil. The Sandman: Brief Lives. New York: Vertigo/DC, 1993. ISBN 1-56389-138-7
  • Moore, Alan, and Dave Gibbons. Watchmen. New York: DC, 1987. ISBN 9780930289232
  • Spiegelman, Art. Maus I. New York: Pantheon, 1986. ISBN 0394747232
  • —. Maus II. New York: Pantheon, 1991. ISBN 0679729771
  • Tomine, Adrian. Killing and Dying. New York: Drawn and Quarterly, 2015. ISBN 9781770462090
  • Ware, Chris. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. ISBN 0375404538

For Those Taking 540 Magic in Lit in the Spring

Here are Dr. Sax’s book assignments for the spring ENGL 540 Magic in Literature course:

  • Hesiod. Theogony & Works and Days. Trans. M. L. West. New York: Oxford UP, 1991. ISBN: 9-780192-817884.
  • Hoffmann, E. T. A. The Golden Pot and Other Tales. Trans. Ritchie Robinson. New York: Oxford UP, 1991. ISBN: 0199552479.
  • Roob, Alexander. Alchemy: Mysticism. Trans. Shaun Whiteside. London: Taschen, 2009. ISBN: 9-783836-517690.
  • Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. New York: Scholastic, 1997. ISBN— 0439708184.
  • Sax, Boria. Imaginary Animals: The Monstrous, the Wondrous and the Human. London: Reaktion Books, 2013. ISBN – 978-1780231730.
  • Shakespeare, William. Twelfth Night. New York: Penguin, 2000. ISBN: 978-0-14-071489-0.
  • Yates, Frances, The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age. New York: Routledge, 2003. ISBN: 0-415-25409-4.

Students Planning to take the 599 Thesis Tutorial in Spring 2016, Take Note:

So by this point (12/22) everyone who is planning to take the 599 Master’s Thesis Tutorial course in the spring should see the 599 course listed on your spring schedule with your mentor as the professor. Check your registrations now to verify this.  If you don’t see this accurately displayed on your schedule, let me know at There is still time to fix everything; we have January to make sure everyone is set up correctly. Now all of you who will be in 599 in the spring need to successfully complete your comprehensive examination prior to starting the semester. I will be contacting everyone registered for a 599 starting next week (in other words after the Christmas holiday). I’ll provide thorough instructions when I contact you for how to complete the exam. I’ll be contacting you using the information you have on file with the College, so just make sure it’s accurate (check in your Connect account). Exams will basically be administered over the first few weeks of January.  More soon, -CL

For Those Taking 560 African & Caribbean Lit In the Spring

For those who want to get their books ahead of time, here are the book orders for Dr. Donald Morales’ spring course, ENGL 560 African & Caribbean Literature. He strongly recommends that everyone secure and read the first item on the list, Palace Walk, in January prior to the semester’s start as it is a very big book. Note that these are hyperlinks which will take you to a place where you might purchase them.

For Those Taking 543 American Renaissance in the Spring

Some of you like to get a jump on your upcoming semester readings prior to the start of a semester, I know. That’s often a good idea, and you should feel free to email any professor ahead of time to ask for the syllabus or at least a few reading suggestions. If you don’t know the email for any particular professor you can email me at and I’ll help you out. For those in my American Renaissance course this coming spring I do suggest that you get into some of the readings ahead of time, if you have time, as it will be a rather reading-heavy course. Moby-Dick will be the last thing we read, but as it is very long it’s not a bad idea to read it ahead of time. We’ll also be reading Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and selections from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Uncle Tom’s Cabin. We’ll also probably study The Scarlet Letter though many of you might have already read that a number of times in the past. We’ll be reading some essays and shorter works as well.

The book order will be Moby-Dick (ISBN 0393972836) and The Norton Anthology of American Lit. 8th Ed. Volume B (ISBN 0393934772), which contains everything I’ve listed here other than Moby Dick.  Norton has put together a special combo pack for our class with a distinct ISBN which, I believe, you can only get through our college bookstore. The ISBN is 978-0-393-91665-2. It was supposed to be a special deal but our bookstore has priced it up so that it costs about the same as if you bought both books separately. You can probably find used and even new copies of these for cheap from places like Alibris.