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.
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 #||Title||Day||Begin||End||Instructor||Delivery Mode|
|114||British Literature II||MW||1025||1140||Rajan||Hybrid|
|118||Intro to Media Studies||TR||1230||1345||Burges||Hybrid|
|119||Comics and the Moving Image||TR||1105||1220||Rosenow||Online|
|121||Creative Writing: Fiction||R||1400||1640||Hansen||Online|
|121||Creative Writing: Fiction||W||1400||1640||Hansen||Online|
|122||Creative Writing: Poetry||M||1400||1640||Longenbach||Online|
|135||Intro to Debate||T||1400||1640||Fletcher||Online|
|155||Intro to Design for Stage||M||1105||1345||Reiser||Hybrid|
|173||Intro to Stage Lighting & Sound||TR||1105||1220||Spitaliere||Hybrid|
|177||The Actor's Voice||F||1025||1305||Penner||Hybrid|
|178||Design for Stage: Sound||M||1025||1305||Eaves||Online|
|201 / 401||Old English||TR||1105||1220||Rozenski||Hybrid|
|206 / 406||Magic Language||TR||1525||1640||Higley||Online|
|206 / 406||Autobiography from Augustine to Equiano, 400-1800||TR||1400||1515||Rozenski||Hybrid|
|208 / 408||Renaissance Drama||MW||1230||1345||Kegl||Hybrid|
|220 / 420||Romantic Literature||TR||1230||1345||Eaves||Online|
|223 / 423||Madness, Marriage, Monstrosity||MW||1150||1305||London||Hybrid|
|230||Race in American Writing||TR||1525||1640||Tawil||Online|
|238 / 438||Making Modern New Again||MW||1525||1640||London||Online|
|238||Contemporary African Film and Fiction||TR||1525||1640||Omelsky||Online|
|248 / 448||Matrix: Medieval and Early Modern Women's Writing||TR||1230||1345||Higley||Online|
|249 / 449||The Witch||TR||1105||1220||Miller||Online|
|262 / 462||Black Film Collectives||TR||1105||1220||Omelsky||Online|
|265 / 465||Family Repression and Rage in Film and Society||TR||1230||1345||Bleich||Online|
|263 / 463||The Matter with Men in film and society||TR||940||1055||Bleich||Online|
|273||Mastering the Actors Body||M||1400||1440||Stevenson||Hybrid|
|280||Speaking Up: Advocacy, activism, and performance in debate||R||1400||1640||Fletcher||Online|
|291||Musical Theater Performance||W||1400||1440||Maister||Hybrid|
|375||Seminar in Writing: Fiction||M||1025||1305||Schottenfeld||Online|
|376 /476||Seminar in Writing: Poetry||M||1400||1640||Grotz||Online|
|380 / 230 / 480||African American Autobiography||MW||1400||1515||Tucker||Online|
|510||Shakespeare: Last Plays||W||1400||1640||Gross||Online|
|531||19th Century Literature and Science||M||1400||1640||Rajan||Hybrid|
|557||Avante Garde Film||T||1400||1640||Rosenow||Online|
Katherine Mannheimer, chair
Sherri Gunter, administrator
Carrie Morriss, coordinator
Ezra Tawil, director of graduate studies
William Miller, MA advisor
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
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.