Research in Language and Literature

Course Readings

Lester, James D. Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide, 15th ed.

Klages, Mary. Literary Theory: The Complete Guide. Bloomsbury, 2019

Abrams, M.H. and Geoffrey Harpham. A Glossary of Literary Terms, 11th ed. Cengage, 2014.

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein

Articles pertaining to Frankenstein

Course Description

Acquaints students with analysis of language and reinforces critical approaches to literature. Extends and solidifies students’ writing practices and editing strategies for language and literature studies. Teaches library and field research methods. Writing Emphasis. Research Emphasis.

Course Introduction

This course provides students an opportunity to examine more deeply what English literary studies means. We will be studying, reflecting, engaging, and commenting on literary studies as an academic discipline by exploring in greater depth contemporary literary criticism. Our goal is to come to a richer understanding of English studies as a field of cultural inquiry, as a methodology for discovering truth, and as a lifelong endeavor to ask and explore the deeper, fundamental questions of existence: What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be human in relation to other human beings in a global context? What is human flourishing, and how can we collaborate with others to seek universal human flourishing? The main goal of the course is to learn and practice strategies for conducting literary research that will prepare students for other literature courses as well as graduate work in literary studies.