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Gillian H Harkins
ENGL 302
Seattle Campus

Critical Practice

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.

Class description

Cultural Studies of the Novel. This course provides a follow-up to ENGL 202, the Introduction to the English major. It is a practicum of critical methods. This particular section of 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 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. We will read literary theory alongside Henry James, Daisy Miller; Jeanette Winterson, The Passion; and Caryl Philips, Crossing the River.

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Last Update by Gillian H Harkins
Date: 03/19/2008