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ENGL 302 B: Critical Practice

Materialism and Formalism

Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
DEN 217
Professor Harkins in front of bookshelf
Gillian Harkins

Additional Details:

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.

Required Texts:

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.

Catalog Description: 
Intensive study of, and exercise in, applying important or influential interpretive practices for studying language, literature, and culture, along with consideration of their powers/limits. Focuses on developing critical writing abilities. Topics vary and may include critical and interpretive practice from scripture and myth to more contemporary approaches, including newer interdisciplinary practices. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in ENGL 197 or ENGL 297; a minimum grade of 2.0 in ENGL 202 or ENGL 301; may not be repeated if received a grade of 2.0 or higher.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
March 16, 2016 - 11:01am