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.

Required Books:

  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (2nd Norton Critical edition, 2012)
  • Nealon & Giroux, The Theory Toolbox (2nd edition, 2011)
  • The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th edition, 2009)
  • 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)