Materialism and Formalism
This course provides a follow up to English 301, the Introduction to the English major. It is a practicum of critical methods. This particular 302 will provide in-depth practice in “cultural studies” approaches to the novel. Our focus on cultural studies will include attention to the following methodological questions: what is the “form” in formalist approaches to the novel? What is “materialism” and why would you use it to read novels? What kinds of critical practices – close reading, archive development, historical research – are important to cultural studies methodologies? Does narratology (the study of narrative form) have a role? What about ethnography or other research methods from anthropology, sociology, or the empirical human sciences? By the end of the course, students should have a grasp of various approaches to the study of culture and narrative forms. Students will also have been exposed to a range of social and political questions rel!
ated to cultural studies methodologies, including theories of race, gender, sexuality, and class.
Henry James, Daisy Miller (UW Bookstore)
Jeanette Winterson, The Passion (UW Bookstore)
Caryl Philips, Crossing the River (UW Bookstore)
Course Reader: Additional course readings will be available on-line.