ENGL301 - Critical Methods in the Study of Literature

This section of English Major's introductory course requirement will emphasize the basics of textual criticism and argument. We will consider how the accepted “text” of a work is argued into place, how texts are produced and circulated, how the context of a work can be variably defined and used in its interpretation, how interpreters’ assumptions determine their “discoveries,” and how debates over texts are used in a culture. We will cover methods of language analysis and practice writing and revising interpretive arguments that are appropriately documented. These issues will be covered in a series of “case studies” sampling different genres and crossing historical periods.


For English or English Education Majors, or English Minors.