SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentMA Program of English, First Year
Course NameResearch and Writing
InstructorSELLARI THOMAS-JOHN
Credit3.0
Course TypeRequired
Prerequisite
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: McGann, "Byron's Twin Opposites"



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: Showalter, "Representing Ophelia"



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



 


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

n/a


Requirement/Grading

Students' grades will be based on their written papers (60%) and other assignments 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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