Dr. Kocher's creative work focuses on form and notions of form, the rhetorical poetics of fragment, sequence, and disruptive narrative. Most recently, she has framed formal experimentation within tropes of subject-position, dominant narratives, and the dialogic displacement of the political voice. Recent projects expand work in poetics to include digital and visual poetry. Her scope of pedagogical research includes investigations of social media, digital literary communities, cultures, and canons.
poetry and poetics, creative writing, digital and mixed media art, narratives and collaborations, identity politics, intersectionality, social media relative to literary communities, cultures and canons, American Modernism, emergence of African American writing relative to African American artistic movements, history, and literature, Contemporary American literature, literary history, and literary movements, translation and analysis of African diasporic texts
ENGL 3026 - Syntax, Citation, Analysis: Writing About Literature
Students hone their writing skills by closely analyzing the language in literary texts. The course will focus on the nuances of sentence structure and grammar, in order to help students become better writers and readers. Students will learn how to perform research in literary criticism and will write and revise a research paper, as well as a number of other short papers for different audiences. Students will learn and use citation methods within the discipline and will discuss the reasoning behind citational practice. Recommended prerequisite: completion of lower-division writing requirement.
ENGL 5229 - Poetry Workshop
Spring 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
Designed to give students time and impetus to generate poetry and discussion of it in an atmosphere at once supportive and critically serious. Enrollment requires admission to the Creative Writing Graduate Program or the instructor's approval of an application manuscript. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
ENGL 5279 - Studies in Poetry
Addresses contemporary poetry, and/or literary works important for contemporary poetry. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.