English 297 focuses on helping you better understand and write well about some of the literary texts you'll study in English 301.
This writing seminar will engage you in some of the most important practices underlying inquiry in English studies. We will work on
- close reading, or textual analysis;
- examining texts in historical and literary critical contexts;
- and generating coherent arguments about individual texts that contribute to critical discourse.
A key goal of this class is to prepare you to “stand on your own two feet” within English Studies.
Over the course of the quarter, I will guide you through three writing sequences. Each sequence will include exploratory “pre-writing” and culminate in a 5-6 page essay that you have rigorously revised with the help of peer critiques and conferences with me.