Spring 2021 Changes due to COVID-19

The Department of English, in accordance with state, federal, and university policies, is adjusting its practices for the spring 2021 semester. New practices will include, but are not limited to:

  • The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks
  • Compliance with social-distancing guidelines
  • Restricting class sizes
  • Offering courses online (in part or in full)
  • Scaling back in-person office hours

Below, we have outlined what students, faculty, and staff can expect in the coming months.

Please note that nearly everything is subject to change. This web page will be updated as we receive new information and guidance, so please check back frequently.


Spring 2021 Courses

Despite the pandemic, our commitment to delivering high-quality, personalized education is as strong as ever. Our faculty and staff have worked hard to offer a variety of courses this semester, spanning a wide range of both topics and teaching modes. A table listing the courses and modalities, as well as a key to the table, is listed below. Please check back frequently as it is subject to change. If you have specific questions about how an individual course will be run, feel free to contact the instructor directly. To comply with room capacity limits, some in-person courses may be capped. For those students specifically seeking an in-person experience and finding a given course capped, we hope the list below will make it fairly easy to find a good alternative.

All online—These courses will be offered virtually (either synchronously or asynchronously) for all students, regardless of whether they are living on campus, in Rochester, or are residing elsewhere.

Hybrid—These courses will have the option of attending class in person (if guidelines permit). Please note that even when courses convene in person, they will remain fully accessible to students who will need to be participating remotely, via some combination of recorded sessions, online discussion forums, special Zoom office-hours, and so forth (with synchronous and/or asynchronous options available). Depending on enrollments and classroom size, it is possible that these courses may require those students opting for in-person instruction to alternate between in-person and remote attendance.

Course #TitleDayBeginEndInstructorDelivery Mode
103Rochester, NYMW10251140KeglHybrid
114British Literature IIMW10251140RajanHybrid
115American LiteratureMW15251640OsuchaOnline
118Intro to Media StudiesTR12301345BurgesHybrid
119Comics and the Moving ImageTR11051220RosenowOnline
121Creative Writing: FictionR14001640HansenOnline
121Creative Writing: FictionW14001640HansenOnline
122Creative Writing: PoetryM14001640LongenbachOnline
132Feature WritingW18151055LiuOnline
133Editing R18152055OrlandoOnline
134Public SpeakingTR9401055SmithHybrid
135Intro to DebateT14001640FletcherOnline
155Intro to Design for StageM11051345ReiserHybrid
171Technical TheaterMW9001015LawlorHybrid
173Intro to Stage Lighting & SoundTR11051220SpitaliereHybrid
175Acting TechniquesT14001640FlahertyHybrid
177The Actor's VoiceF10251305PennerHybrid
178Design for Stage: SoundM10251305EavesOnline
201 / 401Old EnglishTR11051220RozenskiHybrid
206 / 406Magic LanguageTR15251640HigleyOnline
206 / 406Autobiography from Augustine to Equiano, 400-1800TR14001515RozenskiHybrid
208 / 408Renaissance DramaMW12301345KeglHybrid
220 / 420Romantic LiteratureTR12301345EavesOnline
223 / 423Madness, Marriage, MonstrosityMW11501305LondonHybrid
230Race in American WritingTR15251640TawilOnline
238 / 438Making Modern New AgainMW15251640LondonOnline
238Contemporary African Film and FictionTR15251640OmelskyOnline
241Lyric PoetryTR11051220GrossOnline
242International PoetryTR14001515GrotzOnline
243Jane AustenMW11501305MannheimerHybrid
248 / 448Matrix: Medieval and Early Modern Women's WritingTR12301345HigleyOnline
249 / 449The WitchTR11051220MillerOnline
262 / 462Black Film CollectivesTR11051220OmelskyOnline
265 / 465Family Repression and Rage in Film and SocietyTR12301345BleichOnline
263 / 463The Matter with Men in film and societyTR9401055BleichOnline
272Advanced ActingW10251305BrownHybrid
273Mastering the Actors BodyM14001440StevensonHybrid
277Screen WritingW10250.54514SchottenfeldOnline
280Speaking Up: Advocacy, activism, and performance in debateR14001640FletcherOnline
282Humor WritingT11051345BalmainOnline
283Longform NarrativesW14001640MemmottOnline
286Presidential RhetoricTR15251640SmithHybrid
291Musical Theater PerformanceW14001440MaisterHybrid
375Seminar in Writing: FictionM10251305SchottenfeldOnline
376 /476Seminar in Writing: PoetryM14001640GrotzOnline
380 / 230 / 480African American AutobiographyMW14001515TuckerOnline
504Medieval RomanceR14001640HeyworthHybrid
510Shakespeare: Last PlaysW14001640GrossOnline
53119th Century Literature and ScienceM14001640RajanHybrid
557Avante Garde FilmT14001640RosenowOnline

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Contacts for Questions


Katherine Mannheimer, chair

Sherri Gunter, administrator

Graduate Studies

Carrie Morriss, coordinator

Ezra Tawil, director of graduate studies

William Miller, MA advisor

Undergraduate Studies

Cara Smith, coordinator

Jeffrey Tucker, director of undergraduate studies

Joanna Scott, creative writing advisor

Blake Journal and Archive

Sarah Jones, managing editor, Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly

Morris Eaves, director, The William Blake Archive

Lazarus Project and Literary Arts Program

Kathy Kingsley, program coordinator

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English Department Office Hours

The Department of English office (Morey 426) will be open one day per week, Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Any one entering the office must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Students, faculty and staff should do their best to avoid lingering for an extended period of time.

Staff are continuing to work remotely and, in most cases, will be able to answer all questions via email.

With a handful of possible exceptions, faculty office hours will be virtual; and no “drop-in” office hours will be offered at all. Please contact individual faculty to make an appointment.

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