ENGL 302 B: Critical Practice

Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
MEB 234
Gillian Harkins
Gillian Harkins

Syllabus Description:

Cultural Studies of the Novel:
Historicism and Formalism

The only guarantee any theory can give about itself is to expose itself as a passionate fiction.

-- Theresa de Lauretis, The Practice of Love

This course provides a follow up to English 202, the Introduction to the English major.  It is a practicum of critical methods. This particular 302 will provide in-depth practice in cultural studies of 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 “historicism” 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 related to cultural studies methodologies, including theories of race, gender, sexuality, and class.

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 2.0 in ENGL 202.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
August 4, 2017 - 10:40pm