ENGLISH 298 - Introduction to Literary Studies
Section: 201
Term: SU 2010
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Course Note:
ENGLSIH 298 is a gateway class, designed as a prerequisite for upper-level English courses.
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for concentrators in English and Honors English.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What’s American about U.S. literature? To begin thinking about how we might approach this impossibly huge question, we’ll have to consider what we mean by “American” and “literature,” starting with the gaps between the terms American and U.S. These considerations of terms and categories will open up some overarching questions that will be present in our conversations throughout the semester. What is the relationship between the U.S. and the Americas? What are the real and imagined boundaries of America? What are the relationships between the U.S. nation and the poetic, rhetorical, or fictive “America”? What are the languages of the United States? In what ways can literature act on or change the ways we understand these places and concepts?

We’ll approach these questions through an extraordinary set of texts — novels, stories, poems, drama, film, and graphic narrative — written by U.S. authors of diverse origins. The syllabus follows a comparative logic, working across history and identity and through three organizing themes: self-invention, transition and translation, and alternative or hidden histories.

English 298 serves as an introduction to the English major and to literary studies, so in our discussions of literary works, we will learn key concepts and methods of literary interpretation and academic argumentation. Requirements will include participation, two short essays, and one longer essay.

ENGLISH 298 - Introduction to Literary Studies
Schedule Listing
201 (REC)
TuTh 10:30AM - 12:30PM
Note: English 239 will be Permission of Instructor after the first day of class.
202 (REC)
TuTh 2:00PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9780618871711
Fun home : a family tragicomic, Author: Alison Bechdel., Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 1st Marine 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1559362316
Angels in America a gay fantasia on national themes ; part one: Millennium apporaches, part two: Perestroika, Author: Tony Kushner, Publisher: Theatre Communications 1st combin 2006
ISBN: 9780719079276
Beginning Theory An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory., Author: Peter Barry., Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr 3rd ed. 2008
ISBN: 9780385491839
Motherless Brooklyn, Author: Lethem, Jonathan., Publisher: Doubleday 1999
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0060975547
Love medicine : new and expanded version, Author: Louise Erdrich., Publisher: Perennial Repr. 2001
ISBN: 0393976416
Melville's short novels : authoritative texts, contexts, criticism, Author: selected and edited by Dan McCall., Publisher: Norton 1st ed. 2002
ISBN: 0395877296
Sent for you yesterday, Author: John Edgar Wideman., Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 1997
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