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Jacobs, Karen

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  • Dr. Jacobs specializes in 20th- to 21st-century American literature, visual culture, and critical and environmental theory.


  • Twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature, modernism and postmodernism, visual culture and text-image studies, postmodern space, postmodern body, contemporary ecofictions, posthumanist theory, the experimental novel, women writers, critical theory, literary and narrative theory, environmental and ecological theory, feminist, gender and sexuality theory, literature and representations of the Holocaust


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courses taught

  • ENGL 2112 - Introduction to Literary Theory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Introduces students to a wide range of critical theories that English majors need to know. Covers major movements in modern literary/critical theory, from Matthew Arnold through new criticism to contemporary postmodern frameworks. Required for all English majors.
  • ENGL 3246 - Topics in Popular Culture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Studies special topics in popular culture; specially designed for English majors. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours for different topics.
  • ENGL 4026 - Special Topics in Genre, Media, and Advanced Writing
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Studies theoretical and historical approaches to genre, media, and writing at the advanced level. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours for different topics.
  • ENGL 4039 - Critical Thinking in English Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2023
    Concerned with developments in the study of literature that have significantly influenced our conception of the theoretical bases for study and expanded our understanding of appropriate subject matter. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 4685 - Special Topics in American Literature
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Explores a special topic in American literature. May be repeated for a total of 9 units for different topics.
  • ENGL 4820 - Honors Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2020
    Prepares prospective honors students to write honors theses. Focuses on sharpening the skills needed to write a successful thesis, including research techniques and the ability to evaluate and respond to secondary materials. Required for Honors in English Literature.
  • ENGL 4830 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Students accepted to English Departmental Honors are enrolled in this course.
  • ENGL 5549 - Studies in Special Topics 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Studies special topics that focus on a theme, genre, or theoretical issue not limited to a specific period or national tradition. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 6959 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
  • ENGL 7119 - Advanced Literature and Culture of the United States
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Studies special topics in writing of the United States. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.


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