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Jessica L. Burstein
ENGL 301
Seattle Campus

Introduction to the Study of English Language and Literature

Gateway course designed for English pre-majors and majors. Introduces critical, historical, and theoretical frameworks important to studying the literature, language, and cultures of English. Concurrent registration with ENGL 297 required. Cannot be taken for credit if student has taken ENGL 202.

Class description

Technically, this is a Gateway Course, designed for the English pre-major. Logistically, this course will introduce the student to the study of English literature. Specifically, this course will give the student some sense of different literary genres—prose and poetry—and how to approach those genres critically. Methodologically, this course will focus on early 20th century texts in order to play through some different critical approaches. Pragmatically, we'll be reading Joseph Conrad’s HEART OF DARKNESS; some poems by Marianne Moore; and Anita Loos's GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, which Edith Wharton—no slouch herself—called "the great American novel." The student will learn to read closely and critically, and by the end of the quarter you will never again not have noticed that the preceding five sentences begin with adverbs. Sadly, there will be a midterm and a final. Necessarily, all students taking 301 must sign up for the 297 writing link, as well as a 301 quiz section.

Student learning goals

The student will learn what constitutes "close reading."

The student will understand some of the different relations between text and context.

The student will become acquainted with some basic trends and terms in literary criticism.

General method of instruction

In-class lecture; discussion sections.

Recommended preparation

Due diligence.

Class assignments and grading

Exams, in-class questions, and brief response papers.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jessica L. Burstein
Date: 04/30/2010