ENGL 490 (Schedule #25966)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Fall 2011
M 7-9:45pm :: Hibbs 440
Prof. David Golumbia
Office: 324D Hibbs Hall
Fall 2011 Office Hours: Weds 2-5pm

Senior Seminar
Contemporary Literature and Media

This class provides an opportunity for students to work collaboratively to develop a syllabus of theoretical readings about contemporary literary and media texts along with texts themselves. In the first few weeks of the semester the students work with the teacher to develop the full list of texts. An effort is made to cover a wide range of contemporary theories and kinds of media. Two short and one longer papers and vigorous discussion.


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Assignments and Evaluation

Evaluation will be based on written exercises and course participation as follows:



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Important Dates

Important dates for the Fall 2011 semester are available at:

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Week-by-Week Syllabus

The syllabus for this class is jointlly determined with the students during the first few weeks of the semester. The current schedule in draft form is visible here.

Final paper due in my English Dept mailbox (Hibbs Hall), or electronically through Blackboard or via email during the final exam period (7pm, Mon Dec 12) for this course. Electronic copies of final papers are fully acceptable. There is no other final exam for the course.

Last updated November 17, 2011.