Intro to English Studies

Course Description

This class serves as an introduction to the English studies. Throughout the course of the semester, students will be  exposed to range of methods for approaching literary texts. For example, we will focus on what has can called symptomatic reading strategies, reception theory, reader response, distant reading, and formalism. The primary method of interpretation we will use throughout the semester is called “intertextual” reading. To that end, we will be primarily concerned with what we can call “literary debts” and “revisions” – this is to say, we will concern ourselves with how authors draw on, revise, and critique authors that came before them. Students will also be introduced to range of theoretical approaches ranging from New Historicism, Post-colonial theory, eco-criticism, psychoanalysis, and more

Course Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

-Demonstrate language skills (e.g., grammar, editing)

-Demonstrate an ability to read critically and interpret a variety of texts

-Demonstrate in writing the comprehension, analysis, and interpretation of a variety of texts

-Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of genres, rhetorical situations, and/or historical periods

-Use secondary sources in the analysis and interpretation of texts

-Demonstrate knowledge of Hawaiian and/or Pacific texts in cultural and historical context


Students will be required to complete three short writing assignments in addition to attendance and class participation.