English H195A

Honors Course

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2009 Premnath, Gautam
Premnath, Gautam
MWF 11-12 121 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Leitch, V., ed.: The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism; supplementary literary and critical texts made available on bSpace.

Recommended: Gibaldi, J.: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed.; Macey, D.: The Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory


By the end of the two-semester H195 sequence you will have conceived, designed, and executed a substantial piece of original literary scholarship. The fall semester of the course serves as a staging ground for this task. We will read widely in prominent works of contemporary literary theory, chosen largely from the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. The idea here is not simply to offer a tasting menu of different approaches. Rather, our reading list will offer a series of occasions for identifying the premises and analyzing the agendas of particular theoretical movements and schools. We’ll aim to think carefully and critically about how these direct the interpretation of literary texts and transform the categories of literary-critical analysis. In the latter half of the semester several of our class sessions will be devoted to readings chosen from the Norton Anthology by student groups, who will also take responsibility for leading class discussion on those days.

Alongside our collective conversation on the readings, each student will move through a sequence of writing exercises intended to develop and hone their plans for the honors thesis, culminating in a prospectus and annotated bibliography due at the end of the fall term. In the spring students will meet regularly in small groups to provide each other with feedback, advice, and encouragement as they move forward with their individual thesis projects.

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 21; be sure to read the paragraph on page 2 of this Announcement of Classes regarding enrollment in the Honors Course!

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