English H195A

Honors Course

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2010 Sorensen, Janet
Sorensen, Janet
MW 1:30-3 301 Wheeler

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In the first semester of this two-semester-long course, we will familiarize ourselves with a number of critical approaches to texts and reflect a bit on the institution of criticism itself—When did the idea of Literature with a capital L emerge? What role have critics imagined Literature playing in society? How have the understandings of what constitutes good literature—and valid criticism—changed over time? These discussions will provide a background from which to identify the critical methods and stakes of our own individual projects, culminating in a 40+ page paper due at the end of the two semesters. We will read selections from a collection of critical essays, and we will read one work together—likely Jane Austen’s Emma—and review a variety of critical approaches to it. Students will prepare a précis or two of critical works, collectively identify and prepare presentations on additional critics they would like to read, develop a thesis for their own writing project on a work (or works) of their choice, and produce an annotated bibliography on relevant materials for their project.

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

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