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. This course will be divided into three units: (1) negotiating various interpretations of a text (2) the history of the discipline and its contemporary challenges, which will be integrated with an introduction to research methods, electronic databases, critical writing, and digital tools and (3) a brief history of criticism and theory with an emphasis on practice. We will be reading literary texts of various genres alongside our methodological discussions, but the emphasis of the course will be on criticism, theory, disciplinary history, debates in the field and beyond it, and the significance of literature and literary study to our current moment in history. Students should expect multiple short assignments, including blogging (within ELMS), wiki building, and research projects in addition to critical essays.
For English or English Education Majors, or English Minors.