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Robertson, Benjamin J Assistant Professor

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Research

research overview

  • My research focuses on contemporary genre studies (especially science fiction, fantasy, and horror), American literature and culture, and media studies.

keywords

  • 20th and 21st-century American literature, history, and culture; media and technology studies; genre, especially science fiction, fantasy and horror; late capitalism

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • ENGL 1001 - Freshman Writing Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides training and practice in writing and critical thinking. Focuses on the writing process, the fundamentals of composition, and the structure of argument. Provides numerous and varied assignments with opportunity for revision.
  • ENGL 1220 - From Gothic to Horror
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores literature in the Gothic mode and aesthetic and critical theories related to modern horror genres or their precursors. Introduces literary-critical concepts (such as notions of abjection, repression and anxiety) that developed alongside this branch of literature. Students read canonical works in British and American traditions while reflecting on notions of popular or marginalized literature.
  • ENGL 2112 - Introduction to Literary Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    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 3060 - Modern and Contemporary Literature for Nonmajors
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Close study of significant 20th-century poetry, drama, and prose works. Readings range from 1920s to the present.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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