English H195A

Honors Course

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2013 Langan, Celeste
MW 1:30-3 305 Wheeler

Book List

Barthes, Roland: S/Z; Felski, Rita: The Uses of Literature; Muller, John P.: Purloined Poe;

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

Other Readings and Media

A course reader.


This seminar has the goal of preparing students to write an Honors thesis on a topic of their own devising in the spring semester.  To prepare for that adventure, together we will read and discuss essays that raise key issues about communication, representation, imagination, and interpretation, undertaking what might be called (after “The Purloined Letter”) “a thorough research of the premises” of literary study.  Individually, students will consult with me to construct bibliographies on specific texts or issues relevant to their own interests, and use these bibliographies to define a compelling, workable thesis topic.  Each student will also participate in a “working group” responsible for designing a week’s syllabus, choosing the texts and leading discussion of them.  

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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