ENGL 301 (Section 001, Schedule #31836)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Spring 2017
MWF 2-2:50pm :: Hibbs 207
Prof. David Golumbia
Office: 324D Hibbs Hall
Spr 2017 Office Hours: MW 1:30-2, 2:50-4pm

Introduction to the English Major

This class provides an overview to the study of literature and interpretation. Our focus will be on understanding the variety of approaches used in the discipline. Our time will be split about evenly between fiction and poetry, . We’ll read both original literature and criticism about that literature, exploring the many ways that readers and writers respond to and make sense of textual expression. The works we’ll read include Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and an interpretive revision of Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys; Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison; and poetry by Frank O’Hara and Adrienne Rich. The class is taught primarily by discussion, and significant attention will be devoted to the construction of solid interpretive essays about literature, including spending one day most weeks workshopping each other’s papers and doing other classroom exercises about the written interpretation of literature and media.



Assignments and Evaluation

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

Course-Specific Policies

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Week-by-Week Syllabus

Week One. Introduction

Week Two. Austen, Northanger Abbey

Week Three. Brontë, Jane Eyre

Week Four. Brontë, Jane Eyre

Week Five. Brontë, Jane Eyre

Week Six. Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea

Week Seven. Rich, Poems (all from The Fact of a Doorframe)

Spring Break. No classes.

Week Eight. Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Week Nine. Morrison, Song of Solomon

Week Ten. Brooks, Selected Poems

Week Eleven. Lewis, It Can't Happen Here

Week Twelve. Dick, The Man in the High Castle

Week Thirteen. Kobek, I Hate the Internet

Week Fourteen. O'Hara, Lunch Poems

Week Fifteen. Wrap-up

Final paper is due via email to the professor by the final exam period for this course, Monday May 8, 1pm. There is no final exam for this course.

Last updated April 23, 2017.