E 679HA • Honors Tutorial Course
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
This course is designed to prepare and assist students in the English Honors Program for writing an honors thesis. During the course of the semester, students will survey the different areas of English studies, practice strategies for doing research in the field, and be introduced to the conventions of academic writing and documentation as practiced in literary criticism. Students who are writing a creative thesis will be encouraged to think of their own work critically by exploring critical responses to literary works they admire.
As part of the course, students will learn how to use the rich resources for literary research here at the University of Texas. A particular feature of the course will be to introduce students to the collectionsboth printed and manuscriptof the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center: they will be required to learn how to find and use these materials, as well as explore their value for textual studies.
The final goal of the course will be to have students generate, write, and revise a formal prospectus to serve as the basis for their honors thesis. To this end, students will be required to complete a series of practical written exercises over the course of the semester designed to assist them in preparing their final proposal.
Attendance is required in all classes.
Final proposal 40%
Class attendance and participation 20%
Nancy L. Baker, A Research Guide for Undergraduate Students (5th ed., 2000)
Introduction to Scholarship in Modern Languages and Literatures, ed. Joseph Gibaldi (3rd ed., forthcoming)
John R. Trimble, Writing with Style (2nd ed., 2000)
Ross C. Murfin & Supriya M. Ray, The Bedford Glossary to Critical and Literary Terms (2nd ed., 2003)