Below are some of the book orders for the spring courses. Because professors are still in the process of determining their reading lists, you should consider this a list-in-progress. Works listed below are a certainty but more works might be added. Ultimately the syllabus your professors share in class will mark the definitive list, but this here will allow you to start securing at least some of your books ahead of the semester. I will update this list throughout December and January if/as I receive more book info from the different professors. The Mercy College bookstore will list the book orders too, but they purposefully don’t give you specific edition information or ISBN numbers in order to “dissuade” you from buying the books for cheaper elsewhere. Search by the ISBN to ensure you are securing the right edition for your courses. I recommend Alibris for finding inexpensive used copies and Powell’s for fairly-priced new books, but of course you can buy your books anywhere.
505 Transformations of the Epic
- Beowulf, ISBN 9780451530967
- The Divine Comedy, ISBN 9780142437223
- The Epic of Gilgamesh, ISBN 9780140441000
- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, ISBN 9780393930252
- The Iliad, ISBN 9780140275360
- Nibelungenlied, ISBN 9780140441376
- Song of Roland, ISBN 9780486422404
514 Sam Shepard
- Sam Shepard: Seven Plays, ISBN 9780553346114
- Spy of the First Person, ISBN 9780525521563
- Fool for Love and Other Plays, ISBN 9780553345902
- Great Dream of Heaven, ISBN 9780375704529
- Hawk Moon, 9780933826236
522 Humanism in Renaissance Texts
- The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism, ISBN 9780521436243
- Ulysses, ISBN 9780394743127. This is the single-volume Gabler edition. Dozens of used copies are currently available at Alibris for under $5. Powell’s is selling new copies for $10.50. Almost every edition of Ulysses is different than the others, and so if you have a copy of Ulysses already it will be different than this Gabler edition. Everyone should secure this assigned edition.
- Ulysses Annotated, ISBN 9780520253971.
- If you have the time, you’d do well to read A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (and perhaps some or all of Dubliners) before the spring semester begins, but it is not required. The protagonist of Portrait carries over into and plays an essential role in Ulysses so your experience with Ulysses will be fuller if you’ve read Portrait.
542 Classics of African-American Lit.
- Clybourne Park, ISBN 9780865478688
- Intimate Apparel, ISBN 9781559362795
- Sweat, ISBN 9781559365321
- Jitney, ISBN 9780573627958
- Venus, ISBN 9780822215677
- Topdog/Underdog, ISBN 9781559362016
- Gloria, ISBN 9780822234333
- A Mercy, ISBN 9780307276766
- An American Marriage, ISBN 9781616208776
546 Working Women in the US
- Dr. Breen’s Practice, ISBN 9781981189427
- Very Much a Lady, ISBN 9781416509592
Recommended but not required (scans of sections of this will be provided as needed during the semester):
- Working Women in American Literature 1865-1950, ISBN 9781498546782
Mercy College’s semester-end feedback surveys aka the “Blue Course Surveys” are now active for each of your MA courses. You should see links to the surveys in the left-hand side of your main Blackboard screen after you login. Please complete the survey for each MA course you are in. These are 100% anonymous and remain anonymous forever. Your professors don’t see the anonymous results until after final grades are locked in (likewise, the survey closes on 12/14 before professors finalize and submit your grades). Your professors are currently able to see the response-percentage for each course, but that’s it. These surveys are your VOICE and provide you with a way to express your thoughts, positive or negative, about your MA courses and professors. These are taken very seriously by the college.
After the semester, each of your professors will read your anonymous feedback for their class. The MA program director, the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, and the Associate Dean will review all of the surveys for all MA courses. The college’s President and Provost will review the response-percentages for the MA program and for the School of Liberal Arts and may review some of your particular responses too. Your voice and feedback matter and influence the courses we run, how we run them, and who runs them. The response-percentages matter and can effect things such as the college’s investment in and even respect for our graduate program and the School of Liberal Arts overall.
So please, complete the survey for each of your MA courses before the surveys close on 12/14. Your voice and your feedback are critically important to helping us measure if our MA English students are being well-served in their MA courses, and how we might improve as a faculty and a program. Thank you.
Those needing to take ENGL 599 in the spring (meaning, those for whom the spring semester will be their last in the program) take note:
You enroll in 599 in a different way than you do for any other class (process detailed here). The first step of the process is securing a thesis mentor. The way you secure a mentor is by thinking about which professor in the program you would like to lead your 599 thesis tutorial, and then contacting that professor to ask. That’s it. It is normal for professors to field 599 mentoring requests, so don’t be worried that you are imposing by asking. Professors are almost invariably grateful to be asked, and I don’t think any of us ever say no, so it’s almost certain that your preferred professor will say yes. Read the full 599 instructions in the linked post above, and as always let me know if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the director's blog for the Mercy College MA in English Literature Program. This is not the official College site. The purpose of this is to share news and other information to help MA graduate students stay current with the state of the program and navigate the MA degree. Students in the program should check here regularly to learn about upcoming registration periods, course schedules, and other news.