English H195A

Honors Course

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2011 Miller, D.A.
Miller, D.A.
MW 4-5:30 305 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Austen, J: Pride and Prejudice; Barthes, R: Camera Lucida; Barthes, R: Mythologies; Barthes, R: S/Z; Flaubert, G: Three Tales; Miller, D.A.: Jane Austen, or the Secret of Style; Rochefoucauld, F: Collected Maxims


This course is intended to help students as they set off on the peculiar adventure known as the Honors Thesis. Help will take two forms. (1) We will study some critical texts that propose useful ideas for thinking about such topics as mass culture, narrative and the novel, style, sexuality and gender, the literary, the photographic and the filmic. But (2) we won’t read these texts just for their ideas; we will also read them as writing, writing that is always saying something more, or something other, than the arguments being explicitly advanced in it. Not only do the chosen texts invite this double consideration; they encourage a critical writing practice whose texture would be rich enough to invite it, too By virtue of refusing the usual indifference of criticism to its own writing, they embody a value—let us call it “the Intrepid”—essential to anyone beginning an adventure.

We will also read, to keep us honest, some literature.

Students who satisfactorily complete H195A-B (the Honors Course) may choose to waive the seminar requirement.

Enrollment is limited and a written application, a copy of your college transcript(s), a list of your current courses, and a photocopy of a critical paper that you wrote for another class are due BY 4:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 19; be sure to read the paragraph on page 2 of this Announcement of Classes regarding enrollment in the Honors Course!

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