English H195A

Honors Course

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2022 Abel, Elizabeth
TuTh 11-12:30 Wheeler 305

Book List

Booth, Wayne: The Craft of Research; Booth, Wayne: The Craft of Research; Booth, Wayne: The Craft of Research; Booth, Wayne: The Craft of Research; Booth, Wayne: The Craft of Research; Booth, Wayne: The Craft of Research

Other Readings and Media

Most of the readings for this class will be essays, short fiction, and poetry available on our bCourses site.


H195A/B is a two-semester seminar that lays the groundwork for and guides you through the completion a 40-60 page Honors thesis on a subject of your choice. The first semester offers an inquiry into critical approaches, research methods, and theoretical frameworks. We will engage with some of the key theoretical movements and debates of the twentieth century (e.g., New Criticism, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, materialism[s], feminism, postcolonial and critical race theory, affect theory). We will ground our collective inquiry in readings of a few primary texts that highlight the questions posed by specific genres. The goal is to help you to define a compelling research project that will sustain your interest over several months, to conceptualize and contextualize the critical questions that enlist your keenest curiosity, to engage with secondary materials productively, to articulate the stakes of your inquiry, and to develop a persuasive critical voice and argument.

I encourage you to think about potential thesis projects over the summer. Ideally, you will have narrowed the field to a couple of options by the start of fall semester. In addition to the assigned readings, the work for that semester will entail some preliminary research, thinking, and writing that will culminate in a thesis proposal and annotated bibliography by the semester’s end.

During the spring semester students will meet with me in individual conferences and share preliminary drafts in working groups. Portions of the thesis will be submitted for feedback at regular intervals. A draft of the entire thesis will be due in early April; the final version will be due in early May.

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