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Reimagining the Graduate Seminar Essay in Literary Studies
From a cultural history of the essay to incisive contemporary rethinking of its usefulness in the classroom, from guides on how to write a seminar paper to guides on how to assess them, Making the Grade offers desperately needed clarity on a complex genre. 

Lisann Anders holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where she has taught several courses using multimedial tools in her role as a teaching and research assistant.


Janet Gebhart Auten taught a graduate pedagogy seminar from 2000 to 2017 at American University in Washington, D.C., where she also directed the university’s Writing Center.


Lucinda Becker is an award-winning academic at the University of Reading, where she is Professor of Pedagogy in the Department of English Literature.


Mark Celeste is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College.


Thomas Deans is Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center at the University of Connecticut.


Natalie M. Dorfeld is Associate Professor of English in the School of Arts and Communication at Florida Institute of Technology, where she teaches freshman composition and literature.


Marilyn Gray is the Founding Director of the Graduate Writing Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Almas Khan, who holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia and a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, is an Assistant Director of the Center for Legal English at Georgetown University Law Center.


Gabriel Morrison is a Ph.D. student in rhetoric and composition at the University of Connecticut.


Kevin A. Morrison is Provincial Chair Professor in British literature at Henan University and author of several books including, most recently, In the Footsteps of Jack the Ripper and His Victims: Study-Abroad Pedagogy, Dark Sites, and Historical Reenactment (Palgrave, 2019).


Shanthini Pillai is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, and associate senior research fellow at the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), National University of Malaysia (UKM).


Jessie Reader is Associate Professor of English at Binghamton University, specializing in nineteenth-century British literature, imperialism, and form.


Philip Robinson-Self teaches in academic practice at the University of York, UK.


Elizabeth Vogel is Associate Professor of English at Arcadia University, where she serves as Coordinator of Professional Writing and teaches courses in literature, composition, composition theory, rhetorical theory, creative non-fiction, and memoir writing.

Advance Praise

Concrete, rhetorically rich, impactful, and engaging in multimodal literacy, this timely volume is an essential contribution to writing scholarship on demystifying the role of seminar essay writing in graduate-level and professional literary studies.


Assistant Director of The Yale Graduate Writing Lab, The Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, Yale University

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