English H195A

Honors Course

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2013 Serpell, C. Namwali
MW 12-1:30 305 Wheeler

Book List

Barthes, Roland: S/Z;

Recommended: Leitch, Vincent: The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism

Other Readings and Media

A set of essays to be distributed as .pdfs. If students want a bound copy with most of these essays and many other important ones, I recommend they purchase the (useful but somewhat unwieldy) Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism.


This course is designed as the accompaniment to the writing of an honors thesis, the research for and the writing of which will take place in the second semester (H195B). The first semester will prepare you to move toward crafting this long essay (40-60 pages), which will be on a topic and texts of your choosing. As a class, we will read some literary theory, critical approaches to texts, and exemplary essays. In small groups, you will narrow your fields of interest and practice applying theory to literary texts. Individually, you will develop your ideas and perform some preliminary research, outlining, and writing. Throughout the semester, we will focus on negotiating the challenges of composing an essay of this length. You will develop efficient research methods, learn how to organize your materials, and hone the skills that will lead you to write lucid, cogent, persuasive, and perhaps even beautiful theses. 

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

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