E 679HA • Honors Tutorial Course (Honors)
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Restricted to Students in the English Honors Program.
This course (re)introduces and expands on students' research skills, enabling them to complete the Honors thesis for the English BA degree. We will focus on research resources, bibliography, documentation, style, and argument. We will also seek to engage various theoretical questions and movements with relevance to individual research and creative projects. Finally, because we are all students of English literature and therefore all lovers of the book, we will consider the history of the book as a material artifact. In conjoining book history and literary theory, the course intends to provoke a reinterpretation of the literary text (of the individual researcher's choice and interest) in terms of its graphic design in a particular historical and material context.
Because this course lies somewhere between a formal organized course, with its own content and reading load, and a completely independent study (for which you are on your own as to setting a work schedule), I have tried to work into the syllabus independent work time, which may include writing assignments, library work, introductions to archives, and conferencing.
You have six writing assignments for the course, the last of which is a first draft of a formal thesis prospectus.
Six writing assignments 60%
The final draft of the thesis prospectus (including bibliography) 25%
Classroom participation, preparation, and the presentation of the thesis proposal 15%
Barry, Peter, Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, 2nd ed. (U of Manchester, 2002)
Booth, Wayne, The Craft of Research, 2nd ed. (U of Chicago, 2003)
Turabian, Kate, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations, 6th ed. (U of Chicago, 1996)