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ENGL.2000: Critical Methods of Literary Inquiry

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Critical Methods of Literary Inquiry

This course covers the fundamental skills necessary in the study of literature as a distinctive academic discipline; it is an examination of diverse critical and theoretical approaches in the development of literary analysis. As such, the course is a gateway of sorts into literary scholarship. Therefore, we will ask and answer the  type of questions literary scholars ask: What is literature? How is it constructed, produced and consumed? What is its purpose and meaning? 

To answer the questions asked in literary studies, we will study carefully the tools of the trade: we will discuss a range of approaches and use them to analyze literary and cultural phenomena.

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Mary Shelley portrait by Richard Rothwell              PD

About the Guide

This guide contains links to library databases and videos about how to use the library. The guide is designed to help with research for your class with Professor Gueorguieva.

There is content on how to find:

  • literary criticism 
  • full text, peer-reviewed articles
  • ebooks on your topic

and how to create citations.


Required Texts

Wolf, Joanna and Laura Wilder. Digging into Literature: Strategies for Reading, Analysis, and Writing. Bedford/St. Martin’s. ISBN 978-1457631306
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism). Edited by Johanna M. Smith (3rd Edition). Bedford/St. Martin's. ISBN 978-0312463182

Suggested Texts

Hacker, Diana and Nancy Sommers. A Writer’s Reference. If you took/are taking college writing classes at UML, you probably have the UML customized edition. Any edition will do, however.