ENGL301 - Critical Methods in the Study of Literature

For English majors and minors, this course is the required pre- or co-requisite for all upper-level English courses. What is literature? Why study it? Who decides what great literature is and what is not? In this section of 301 you will ask these questions and others central to the study of literature, and you will be introduced to some ways of thinking about and discussing them. You will find out what close reading is. You will explore the importance of form, context, and reception as key dimensions of literary study. In addition, you will extend your reading and writing skills, will learn to use the terms of literary analysis with precision, and will find out what lies ahead for you as an English major or minor. The class involves intensive reading. Grades are based on essay, regular quizzes, in-class participation, and a final exam.


For English or English Education Majors, or English Minors.