ENGL301 - Critical Methods in the Study of Literature

English 301 is the gateway to the major, preparing students to analyze literary form, explicate texts and conduct research. This version of 301 will emphasize poetic tone, diction, verse forms, figurative language, scansion and rhythm, asking students to identify poetic meter. It will introduce students to methodologies including formalism, narrative theory, historicism, Marxism, feminism, critical race theory and deconstruction. It will also prepare you to incorporate primary and secondary sources into your writing and produce successful papers for upper-level English courses. Readings will include narrative, drama and poetry in a broad variety of genres from the Middle Ages to the present day. Requirements will include intensive writing (3 papers), weekly contributions to a course blog, regular class participation, quizzes and a final exam.


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