Course Description

English 299 is a writing-intensive course designed to help students transition into upper-division English classes.  It serves both as an introduction to the field of English Studies as well as a more practical guide to conducting research and writing papers in English classes.  In the course, we’ll examine the history and current state of the discipline; we’ll begin to explore the wide range of literary theories and how these theories are applied to texts; and we’ll practice the steps involved in proposing, researching, and drafting the type of papers you will be expected to write in your 300-level English classes.

While the point of this course is not to read and discuss literature per se, we will use Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein as our model text in the course, exploring how critics have applied different types of literary theory to the novel.

Required Books:

  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (Dover Thrift Edition)
  • Nealon & Giroux, The Theory Toolbox (2nd edition, 2011)
  • Other course readings are available on the class website (be sure to download these and bring copies to class on the day they are due)