Dr. Natalie Grinnell

Reeves Family Professor in Humanities


English 260:  Introduction to English Studies

Class Time and Location:

8:00-9:30amm, TTh, Main 222

Course Description:

An introduction to the methods and methodologies of English studies, including an exploration of genre, the type and variety of research methods used, and the specific theoretical work utilized by the discipline. This course is designed specifically for students planning to major in English.

Course Objectives:

Students will learn to perform close readings in a variety of genres, define and make use of primary and secondary research materials, use research in writing, and interrogate multiple theoretical approaches to literary study.

Required Textbooks:

  • Literary Studies:  A Practical Guide, ISBN 978-0415536929
  • Poems: The Seagull Reader, ISBN 9780393938227
  • Edward II by Marlowe, ISBN 9781551119106
  • The Women Could Fly: A Novel by Giddings, ISBN 9780063117013
  • Persepolis: Story of a Childhood by Satrapi, ISBN 9780375714573

Other readings will be available on the class Moodle site

Course Requirements:

  1. Class participation
  2. Several short exercises
  3. Two short essays
  4. Sporadic quizzes and short, in-class writing
  5. Final Exam
  6. Regular attendance

Grading Breakdown:

  • Paper 1: 25%
  • Paper 2: 30%
  • Final Exam: 25%
  • Other: 20%