English 200

Problems in the Study of Literature

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2022 Gang, Joshua
MW 11-12:30 Wheeler 337

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This seminar introduces students to the practices of professional literary study. Our focus will be three of our discipline's most fundamental concerns: textual criticism and editing; the production, circulation, and reception of texts; and theories of interpretation. We will not only examine the methods entailed by these modes of inquiry—asking what makes a particular approach meaningful and why—but also put such methods into practice. Students will write papers that speak to these different critical modes as well as a culminating final paper. These final papers will be presented to the department at a day-long symposium at the end of the semester.

Enrollment is limited to first-year students in the English department's doctoral program. No auditors will be permitted.



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