English H195A

Honors Course

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2015 Otter, Samuel
MW 4-5:30 109 Wheeler

Book List

Barthes, Roland: Camera Lucida; Barthes, Roland: Mythologies; Barthes, Roland: S/Z; Booth, Wayne C.: The Craft of Research (3rd ed.); Dickinson, Emily: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson; Eagleton, Terry: How to Read a Poem; Lanham, Richard: Analyzing Prose (2nd ed.); Melville, Herman: Great Short Works; Miller, D.A.: Bringing Out Roland Barthes;

Recommended: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.)

Other Readings and Media

Photocopied reader (available at Copy Central, 2576 Bancroft Way)


This course, the first part of a two-semester sequence, is designed to prepare you to write an Honors thesis, which you will complete in the spring semester. During the fall semester, we will read literary, critical, and theoretical materials intensely, with the challenges and pleasures of researching and writing an Honors thesis in mind, and you will complete a sequence of assignments that culminates in a thesis prospectus

Students who satisfactorily complete H195A-B (the Honors Course) will satisfy the Research Seminar requirement for the English major. (More details about H195A prerequisites, how and when students will be informed of the results of their applications, etc., are in the paragraph about the Honors Course on page 2 of the instructions area of this Announcement of Classes.)

To be considered for admission to this course, you will need to electronically apply by:

• Clicking on the link below and filling out the application you will find there, bearing in mind that you will also need to attach:

• a PDF of your college transcript(s),

• a PDF of your spring 2015 course schedule,

• a PDF (or Word document) of a critical paper that you wrote for another class (the length of this paper not being as important as its quality), and

• a PDF (or Word document) of a personal statement, including why you are interested in taking this course and indicating your academic interest and, if possible, the topic or area you are thinking of addressing in your honors thesis.

The deadline for completing this application is 4 P.M, FRIDAY, APRIL 17.

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