Introduction to English Studies

The class format for this section of English 320 will be hybrid: we will meet in person once a week (on Fridays) and work asynchronously online for the rest of the week.

This course is an invitation into the field of English studies through an introduction to its materials and methods. You will learn to read literary, theoretical, and cultural texts closely, to interpret them confidently, and to write about them clearly and convincingly. In doing so you will join a critical conversation with other writers in this class and beyond. As part of this semester-long invitation, we will practice reading a variety of forms (including poetry, fictional and nonfictional prose, drama, and film), practice placing works in their social, historical, and political contexts, and practice analyzing texts within some key theoretical frameworks (which may include feminist theory, queer theory, disability studies, Black studies, and Indigenous studies).  

Assignments will include informal reading responses, short assignments to help you practice reading literary and theoretical texts closely, a creative writing assignment, and a final essay.

Readings will be available for free online or via Laulima.