Current Courses

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English 200W:  Introduction to Critical Reading

This course offers students with an interest in analyzing art and culture an opportunity to hone their reading skills and to begin learning critical approaches to literature.  The course has two major components:  1) an introduction to the major terms of literary theory with time to practice applying them, and 2) the study and creation of a critical edition.  Through these projects we will attempt to define our reading practices and explore how reading shapes our understanding of the world.

English 489:  British Women Writers/English 487W:  Senior Seminar

This course considers 20th-century British women writers in historical context, considering the major changes in women’s role and the ways writers have recorded or imagined those changes.  We will also think about what the term “woman writer” means.  We will begin with three authors who emerged as major talents early in the century:  Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Jean Rhys.  We’ll track their work into the post-World War II era and then consider how two  later authors, Angela Carter and Bernardine Evaristo, work with the themes and priorities inherited from earlier women writers.

This course meets jointly with English 487W, in which students complete an independent research project of their own design as a capstone for the English major.  Students in this course will complete some of the English 489 readings and then meet separately with the instructor about their projects and employment search preparation.