Jason Gladstone’s research and teaching focus on the interrelations of American literature, environments, and media—primarily in the post-1945 period. He is completing the manuscript for his first book, Lines in the Dirt: American Postmodernism and The Failure of Technology, which focuses on a set of postwar works of American literature, visual art, and critical theory.
Literature and Environment, Literature and Media, Literature and Technology, American Literature, Post-1945 American Literature Art and Film, Nineteenth- Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century American Literature and Culture, Literary Aesthetic and Media Theory
ENGL 1230 - Environmental Literature
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2021
Introduces students to the tradition of nature writing dating from Romanticism through realist and experimental contemporary literary texts. Students will study key terms and concepts related to the environment such as anthropocentrism, bioregionalism, eco-cosmopolitanism, environmental justice, deep ecology, and posthumanism. They will apply them to different literary genres toward developing critical analyses and environmental readings.
ENGL 1240 - Planetarity
Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
Focuses of post-WWII American writing and thought about the planet and humanity. We explore how postwar efforts to transform the terrestrial environmental and conquer outer space raise questions about humanity, technology, and nature. We also study how earth and space serve novelists, artists, and film-makers as environments to confront large-scale questions about culture, identity, and power.
ENGL 2112 - Introduction to Literary Theory
Spring 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
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 3008 - Developments in the Novel, Post-1900
Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
Introduces students to the major works, authors and formal trends of the 20th and 21st-century novel. Texts may be drawn from British, American and global literary traditions. Focuses on a specific movement, development, or transformation in the genre post-1900, for instance, modernism, postmodernism, naturalism, realism, postcolonial fiction, historical fiction.
ENGL 3856 - Topics in Genre Studies
Studies special topics in genre studies; specially designed for English majors. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours for different topics.
ENGL 4039 - Critical Thinking in English Studies
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.
FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.