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Book Lists for Some Spring 2017 Courses

Hi all, here are some of the book orders for spring 2017 MA courses. These might not be comprehensive lists for your course as some professors are still considering various readings for the spring semester. You should be able to buy any of these through Mercy’s online bookstore (this list just duplicates what you should be seeing in the Mercy bookstore). Or you can buy them elsewhere, probably for much cheaper.

ENGL 507 Narrative Strategies (Dr. Dugan)

  • Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights, 4th Norton Critical Edition.  London:Wordsworth, 2000. 13-978-039397895
  • Ford, Ford Madox. The Good Soldier. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2012. 878-0-958594-6
  • Ishiguro, Kazuo. Never Let Me Go. NY: Vintage International Edition, 2005. 13-978-1-4000-7877-6
  • James, Henry. The Bostonians. Penguin Classics, NY, 2000. 978-0-140-43766-9
  • Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea (edition TBD–check online Mercy bookstore for specific edition)
  • Smith, Zadie. White Teeth. NY: Vintage International, 2001. 978-0- 375-70386-1
  • Stoker, Bram. Dracula. Mineola,NY: Dover Thrift, 2000. 13-978-0-486-41109-5

ENGL 522 Humanism/Renaissance Texts (Dr. Fritz)

Primary sources for the course will be identified later in the course syllabus and links to those sources provided in Blackboard. Here is the required supporting text for the course:

  • The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism (Cambridge Companions to Literature). 1st Edition. Ed. Jill Kraye. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.  2011. Print. ISBN: 9780521436243. Paperback.

ENGL 540 Animals in Literature (Dr. Sax)

  • Melson, Gail F. Why the Wild Things Are: Animals in the Lives of Children. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2001. ISBN—0674017528.
  • Sax, Boria. The Mythical Zoo: Animals in Life, Legend and Literature. 2nd ed. New York: Overlook, 2013. ISBN—1468307207.
  • Sewell, Anna. Black Beauty. New York: Penguin, 2011. ISBN— 0143106473
  • Tatar, Maria, ed. The Classic Fairy Tales. New York: Norton, 1999. ISBN—0-393-97277-1.
  • White, E. B. Charlotte’s Web. New York: HarperCollins, 2001. ISBN—0064410935.

ENGL 545 Lit of the Left Bank Paris (Dr. Loots)

This course involves other readings than the ones listed below but PDFs of these other readings will be provided (they’re mostly out of print and difficult to secure otherwise.) If a student wants to read ahead for the semester, you can’t go wrong reading as much of the Benstock book as you like. I’ll be assigning various chapters from it throughout the semester.

  • Benstock, Shari. Women of the Left Bank: Paris, 1900-1940. ISBN-13: 978-0292790407
  • Breton, Andre. Nadja. ISBN-13: 978-0802150264
  • Hemingway, Ernest. A Moveable Feast Scribner. ISBN-13: 9780684824994
  • Loy, Mina. The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy. ISBN-13: 978-0374525071
  • Stein, Gertrude. Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein. ISBN-13: 978-0679724643
  • Wharton, Edith. Roman Fever and Other Stories. ISBN-13: 978-0684829906

ENGL 546 Working Women in the US (Dr. Gogol)

  • Ware, Susan.  Modern American Women: A Documentary History. Second Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000.
  • Baxandall, Rosalyn Fraad and Linda Gordon. America’s Working Women: A Documentary History,  1600 to the Present (1976). Revised  and updated. New York: Norton, 1995.
  • Schneir, Miriam, Ed. Feminism in Our Time: The Essential Writings: World War II to the Present. New York: Vintage Books,  1994.
  • Browne, Rita Mae. Rubyfruit Jungle.

ENGL 560 Latino Literature (Dr. Reissig-Vasile)

Other readings will be listed in the course syllabus when the class opens. For now, these are books you’ll need early in the semester.

  • Anaya, Rudolfo. Bless me Ultima. Grand Central Pub, 1995. ISBN-13: 9780446600255
  • Garcia, Cristina. Dreaming in Cuban. Ballantine Books, 1993. ISBN-13: 9780345381439

Reading lists for some fall 2016 courses:

I know that some of you like to get a jump on the fall course readings over the summer, so below you will find the book orders for some of the fall courses (some profs haven’t finalized their reading lists yet, and so those courses aren’t listed here). The list will be updated over the summer as necessary. Some students prefer to wait and read the selections as assigned during the semester, and that’s fine too. Even those in the latter group, though, can benefit from seeing these readings ahead of time and perhaps doing a little preliminary research into the authors and scholarship related to them. All professors will be submitting their book orders to the Mercy bookstore throughout the summer, so that’s where the official reading list for each course can be found.

ENGL 500, Theory/Criticism:

  • Leitch, Vincent B., et al, eds.  The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism.  2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010.  ISBN: 978-0393932928.

ENGL 510, Theory/Practice of Expository Writing:

  • Miller, Susan. The Norton Book of Composition Studies. New York: W.W. Norton& Co., 2009. ISBN: 978-0-393-93135-8.
  • Oates, Joyce Carol, ed. The Best American Essays of the Century. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000. ISBN: 978-0-618-155587-3.
  • Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. NY: Simon and Schuster, 2010 (Folger Library Shakespeare). ISBN: 978-0-7434-7712-3.
  • Tyson, Lois. Using Critical Theory: How to Read and Write About Literature, 2nd ed. . London: Routledge, 2011. ISBN: 9-780415-6167171.

ENGL 521, Themes & Genres of Medieval Literature:

  • The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Middles Ages. Volume A. 9th Edition. ISBN: 978-0393912494.

ENGL 524, Reason/Imagination:

  • Blanning, Tim. The Romantic Revolution: A History. New York: Modern Library Chronicles, 2010. ISBN: 9780812980141.
  • Clarke, Susanna. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. New York: Mass Market Paperback, 2006. ISBN: 0765356155.
  • Sax, Boria. City of Ravens: The True History of the Legendary Birds in the Tower of London. London: Overlook, 2012. ISBN: 9781590207772.
  • Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Dover, 1994. ISBN: 0486282112.
  • Thomas, Keith. Religion and the Decline of Magic. 2 ed. New York: Penguin, 2012. ISBN: 0140137440.

ENGL 541, Search for Identity in American Lit:

  • Baym, Nina. The Norton Anthology of American Literature: Shorter Eighth Edition. Norton, 2012. ISBN: 9780393918854. [Students do not have to read from this specific text and can procure the various semester readings from other anthologies or texts, if preferred; specific readings will be shared shortly before the semester begins in the syllabus, which will appear when the Blackboard section goes live in late August.]

Second 500 Section Open: Those Waitlisted on First Section Must Manually Register to Be in Newly Opened Section

We have just opened a second section of ENGL 500 for the fall. There were over ten people on the waitlist for the original section. Those waitlisted people now need to go and actively register for the newly opened 500 section in order to be in it. There is no mechanism by which students on the waitlist are automatically enrolled in the new section. As two courses per-semester is the full-time load, every full-time student planning to take 500 this fall should consider taking that and one other course, so as to not be overwhelmed with reading and requirements for three courses. This may require you to drop a course in which you’re currently enrolled. Feel free to contact me for advising on this situation if you have any questions (

Update regarding fall 500 and 599 courses.

After spring break, so starting in the first week of April, a second 500 section will open. Those on the waitlist will be able to enroll in this, and a few more seats will be available for others who need to take it this fall. Students seeking to enter a 599 thesis tutorial section and who have completed the procedures to get a 599 section opened (explained here, as well as in the program handbook downloadable in the left-hand menu of this blog) will start seeing this appear on their schedules early in April as well. Note that your mentor is the one who must notify me when you are ready to have your 599 section opened. There’s plenty of time to secure a 599 section for the fall so don’t panic if you don’t see it appearing on your schedule right away in April, or if you’re just discovering now the procedures for enrolling in the course. As always contact me at with any questions (though I will be away from email over spring break).

If You’re Needing 500 this Fall, Get on the Waitlist

Currently the fall ENGL 500 theory course is full with six additional people on the waitlist. If you were needing to take 500 this fall be sure to get on the waitlist too. Once the waitlist number reaches a certain point, we can work to open a second section of 500 to make sure that everyone gets a seat as needed. But we need the evidence of the people on the waitlist to justify to the administration opening the second section.

Attention New Students taking Distance Learning Courses for the First-Time

Students taking a distance learning course with us for the first time, please be aware that our Office of Online Learning has injected something into the Blackboard virtual classroom environment where it knows if you’re just beginning with us, in which case it then forces you to take a 20-ish minute tutorial to make sure you’re versed in the tools and procedures of navigating the online class. I’m mostly pointing this out so that you’ll all know that you only have to do this ONCE, not each semester, and to also make it clear that I have nothing to do with forcing you to undergo this tutorial. -CL

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