Leah Milne presenting on Afrofuturism at Indiana Humanities Tilt event

My students remain the reason why I love what I do. They never fail to surprise me with their insights. Some of the classes I have taught so far are described below. What is not included are the many interactions, discussions, and moments of discovery in the classroom that keep me going. 

Current Courses

University of Indianapolis

Leah Milne UIndy University of Indianapolis

ENGL 580: Special Topics: African American Literature

Graduate-level course examining formal, thematic, and rhetorical strategies that defines the African American literary tradition.

ENGL 550: Literary Criticism

Graduate-level course focusing on the study and analysis of critical frameworks and methodologies for the interpretation of literature and culture. My version uses Toni Morrison’s Beloved as its reference text.  Link to syllabus

ENGL435/535: Multicultural American Literature

Graduate and undergraduate cross-listed course examining American literatures containing a diverse cross-section of race/ethnicity, gender & sexuality, ability, nationality, and language.

ENGL 436/536: Post-Colonial Literature

Graduate and undergraduate cross-listed course featuring the texts, contexts, and theoretical frameworks of literature from colonized and formerly colonized nations.

ENGL 399: Afrofuturism

Course focused on the literature, art, and music of Afrofuturism, with works by authors such as N.K. Jemisin, Nnedi Okorafor, Octavia Butler, and Colson Whitehead. To see a video of Dr. Milne speaking with some cool people about Afrofuturism, click here.

ENGL 344: African American Literature

300-level survey course on African American literature from slave narratives to contemporary works and relevant historical, social, and cultural contexts.

ENGL 343: Native American Literature

300-level survey course on Native American literature, including discussion of historical, legal, social, and cultural contexts.

ENGL 342/580: Women Writers

Graduate and undergraduate cross-listed course exploring women writers as rulebreakers and trendsetters. Authors discussed include Zora Neale Hurston, Eve Ewing, Carmen Maria Machado, and Celeste Ng.    Link to syllabus

ENGL/EDUC 218: Young Adult Literature

Course for both English and Education students studying the themes and foundations of novels, short stories, poetry, and other genres intended for adolescent readers.

ENGL 214: American Literature II

Survey course focuses on different genres, texts, and contexts of American literature spanning 1865 through the present.

ENGL 102: Western World Literature and Composition

Introduction to literature and critical thinking: novels, stories, poetry, graphic texts, etc. on issues related to empathy and human understanding. Summer online courses themed around travel and identity.

ENGL 101: English Composition

Introduction to writing, rhetoric, and research: archive work with Carlisle Indian Industrial School Archives, research work with the Serial podcast, etc.

FYS 110: Poverty and Wealth in Literature

First-year honors seminar course exploring themes of socioeconomic class in literature.

FYS 110: Selfie Literature

First-year seminar course investigating the nature and purposes of metafiction (or self-referential fiction) in literature and popular culture.

ST 299: Multicultural Sampling (aka the Beyonce/Lemonade course)

Interdisciplinary course on intertextuality and identity as it relates to rhetoric, poetry, and other topics. Themed on Beyonce Carter-Knowles’ 2016 visual album, Lemonade.  Link to sample assignment

Previous Courses

University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Leah Milne UNCG

Introduction to Composition

First-year course introducing students to college writing. My classes focused on community engagement and current events as a way to familiarize students with composition and the basics of rhetoric, including audience, the canons, and the appeals.

Advanced Composition (Speaking Intensive)

This course used speaking assignments to develop students’ research and writing skills. My course employed oral presentations, class discussion of research monographs and other readings, research proposals, and fieldwork to illustrate how writing involves a deep responsibility towards fellow scholars and research subjects, and an eye to shaping public discourse.

Introduction to Narrative

Introductory course for non-majors examining formal aspects of narrative in fiction, drama, poetry, and the personal essay. Students in my course investigated these features through the lens of gender, race, and ethnicity, questioning the ways these aspects are complicated through narrative forms and secondary critical texts.

World Literatures in English

Global survey course introducing students to primary and secondary material from the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Students analyzed perspectives on the idea of “home” in multiple genres and interrogated issues related to travel, immigration, relocation, and postcolonialism.