This course was designed for students who have declared an English major, whether with a Writing emphasis or a Literature emphasis. In the course we reflected on and practiced the processes of reading and writing as acts of creating, self-expression, social analysis and critique, and vehicles of change. We were exposed to texts from a variety of genres, and began engaging with criticism and theory. The goal of the course was to prepare us to be English majors and provide us with skills that would carry throughout the program. In many ways the guiding question of the course was: why do reading and writing matter?
Course Texts: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, King Lear by William Shakespeare, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
Robinson, Solveig. "Syllabus for English 300," English Studies Seminar: Metamorphoses, Fall 2016.