Joseph Turner

Assistant Professor
Email: joseph.turner @ louisville.edu
Phone: 502-852-3055
Office Hours: Fall Term: T/Th 2:30-4:00PM

 

Bio

Assistant Professor

Joseph Turner joined the faculty at UofL in 2014 after earning his BA at Goucher College and his MA and PhD at the University of Delaware. He teaches courses on writing, composition pedagogy, the history of rhetoric, early British literature, and graphic novels.

In Spring of 2017, he is teaching English 413: British Literature from the Beginning to Shakespeare, which will be themed around humor in the popular literature of early Britain, as well as English 673, a graduate seminar titled "Gender and Emotion in the Pre-Modern Classroom."  

In Fall of 2017, he is teaching English 250: Introduction to Literature (Tu/Th 11-12:15), which will introduce students to literary criticism by reading not only poetry, novels, and drama, but by considering film and graphic novels as well. He will also teach English 309: Inquiries in Writing (Tu/Th 8-9:15), which will investigate how to write about images and graphic novels.

In the Spring of 2018, he is teaching English 371: Special Topics in Literature (MWF 12-12:50), which will focus on graphic novels post 1986. He will also teach English 561: Chaucer (MWF 10-10:50), which will focus (unsurprisingly) on the works of the late-medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer.

His scholarship focuses on pre-modern writing pedagogy, poetics, and gender, and his work has appeared (or will appear) in Rhetorica, Rhetoric Review, The Chaucer Review, Pedagogy, and in an edited collection. He is currently working on two research projects. The first examines the evolution of medieval theories of metaphor in the work of Saint Augustine and Geoffrey of Vinsauf. The second is a book length project on the pre-modern educational program known as progymnasmata, particularly the relationships between this tradition and literary representations of women's speech practices.

Dr. Turner welcomes questions about rhetorical history, medieval studies, or graphic novels. Please be in touch if you would like to discuss an independent study or a senior thesis.

Courses Taught

Prerequisite: ENGL 101, or approved transfer credit for ENGL 101. Students practice more sophisticated approaches to writing processes and products. Additional emphasis on conducting primary and secondary research, generating longer texts, and improving critical reading. Required writing consists of multiple drafts of at least 4 papers of varying lengths, with one extended documented paper.
Credit may not be received for both 102 and 105. Open only to exceptionally qualified students who have been notified of their eligibility. Completion discharges the general education requirement for two terms of freshman composition. Extensive practice of writing and reading, with several assignments requiring research.
which will introduce students to literary criticism by reading not only poetry, novels, and drama, but by considering film and graphic novels as well. He will also teach English 309: Inquiries in Writing (Tu/Th 8-9:15), which will investigate how to write about images and graphic novels.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105 Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication(WR). An introduction to English Studies, providing an overview of forms such as poetry, drama,and the novel, and an introduction to terminology and methods used in analyzing texts.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Designed for advanced students (juniors and seniors) studying science and technology in engineering, natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics), and computer sciences. Concentrates on writing in a variety of scientific and technical forms of discourse. Emphasizes practicing writing processes, secondary research, and problem-solving; recognizing the rhetorical character of scientific and technical discourse with its multiple purposes and audiences; evaluating and integrating a variety of written, visual, and oral elements of design; and developing field-specific vocabularies for talking about this discourse.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. Focuses on responding to differing rhetorical situations at an advanced level in appropriate modes for diverse audiences. Emphasizes creating and revising several substantial writing projects. Develops critical reading and writing abilities in multiple genres.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Extensive practice in literary analysis and in the forms and conventions of writing about various literary genres.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. Note: A maximum of 6 hours in special topics may be counted toward the major. Topics to be announced in the schedule of courses.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105, membership in English Honors Program. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Two seminars required of all students within the departmental honors program.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; ENGL 310 or 300 Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Formerly ENGL-313; credit may not be earned for this course by students with credit for ENGL-313. Study of selected works, in a variety of genres, from the beginning through Shakespeare. Taught with attention to historical and cultural context. Historical period: pre-1700.
Prerequisite ENGL 300 or ENGL 309 or ENGL 310, or consent of instructor. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Introduction to the theory, research, and practice that informs the effective teaching of writing.
Selected topics in the rhetorical analysis of fictional and nonfictional texts.

 

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Delaware

Teaching Areas

Rhetorical history and theory, writing pedagogy (modern and pre-modern), graphic narrative, medieval literature, gender studies

Research Interests

Rhetorical history, pre-modern classroom pedagogy, gender studies, history of emotion, poetics