SemesterFall Semester, 2023
DepartmentMA Program of English, First Year
Course NameResearch and Writing
Course TypeRequired
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Students will be expected to attend and be prepared for every class session. Generally, assignments will alternate weekly between reading a critical essay and writing part of a paper or a textbook exercise. Two short papers (3-5 pages) and one long paper (10-15 pages) will be required.

class 1: introduction to course; goals of literary research. reading assignment: Brooks, "Keats's Sylvan Historian"

class 2: finding and developing a thesis. writing assignment: write thesis statements

class 3: supporting a thesis. reading assignment: Showalter, "Representing Ophelia"

class 4: proof-reading; tools of the trade; citations. assignment: library visit

class 5: summarizing; quoting. reading assignment: Vendler, "Stevens' Secrecies"

class 6: summarizing; quoting (cont'd). writing assignment: rough draft of first paper

class 7: using previous research. writing assignment: first paper

class 8: using background and historical information. reading assignment: McGann, "Byron's Twin Opposites"

class 9: using theory. reading assignment: identify and analyze theories

class 10: style and rewriting. reading assignment: Knight, "Brutus and Macbeth"

class 11: comparison/contrast. writing assignment: second paper

class 12: aspects of style. reading assignment: Vaughan, "Global Discourse"

class 13: rhetorical schemes. writing assignment: revisions with schemes

class 14: writing introductions and conclusions. reading assignment: Booth, "Doctrinal Questions"

class 15: textual and linguistic description. writing assignment: third paper

class 16: abstracts, notes, queries, proposals. reading assignment: book reviews

class 17: book reviews; writing assignment: revision of passages from paper(s)

class 18: proposals


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Students' grades will be based on their written papers (60%), and on their preparedness and class participation (40%).

Textbook & Reference

Recommended texts:

Joseph M. Williams, _Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace_ (any edition)

Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, _The Craft of Research_ (any edition)

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