Class Schedule for Eng 500: Introduction to the Profession

(IS=Gibaldi, ed., Introduction to Scholarship, LRG=Harner, Literary Research Guide, MLA = MLA Style Manual)

NOTE: There may be occasional additions to and deletions from this reading schedule, so be sure to check the on-line version frequently.

Week 1 (8/26)

Introduction to the course

Library Orientation to graduate research in literary studies, especially electronic resources (Amanda Cain, Humanities Reference Librarian).

This week, with the help of the LRG, begin your search for the items in the library scavenger hunt.

Week 2 (9/2)

Labor Day

Week 3 (9/9)

Overview: the profession and its history The library scavenger hunt is due by the beginning of class this week.

Week 4 (9/16)

Topic: English studies as a discipline

  Week 5 (9/23)

Topic: language and composition studies

Week 6 (9/30)

Topic: canons, culture wars, and literary history

Week 7 (10/7)

Topic: literary theory and interpretation Paper on the history/social contexts of English Studies due this week.

Week 8 (10/14)

Fall Break

Week 9 (10/21)

Topic: cultural studies

Week 10 (10/27)

Topic: textual scholarship Exercise in manuscript study:  part of "The Virtual Seminars for Teaching Literature" site at Oxford.  Please complete this tutorial over the next week and send me a copy of the exercise before next class (Week 11).

Week 11 (11/4)

Topic: scholarly writing

Week 12 (11/11)

A. S. Byatt's Possession (Try to read the first half of the novel.)

Week 13 (11/18)

Presentation of research on a field or specialization

Week 14 (11/25)

Possession Colloquium paper directions:  proposal due on 12/2

Week 15 (12/2)

Class cancelled for research and writing.

Week 16 (12/9) and Final Exam Period (12/10, 8-10 p.m.)

Class colloquium on Possession


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