ENGL301 - Critical Methods in the Study of Literature

A gateway course for the English major. Critical methods will ask you to consider questions like: What is literature? and What is literary criticism? In this course, students will learn how to recognize and analyze various aspects of form using a variety of critical methods to include close-reading, formalism, reader-response criticism, historicism, and cultural criticism (post-structuralism, Marxism, feminism, and critical race theory). Students will also acquire an array of skills and concepts essential for the study of literature. You will learn how to explicate text, for which you will acquire a critical vocabulary necessary for such an explication to include the terms required for analysis of form and meter, syntax, and style (imagery, trope, diction, etc.). Finally, students will learn to assess and apply secondary sources or make use of other primary materials. This research component involves putting texts in conversation and/or being able to respond analytically to other arguments. The class involves intensive reading. Grades are based on essays, quizzes, in-class participation, a midterm, and a final exam.


Must be in English Language and Literature program; or must be in Secondary Educ: English Language Arts program.