This course served as the preparation course for our capstone seminar. In the course we explored theoretical and critical approaches by applying them to a specific set of texts that enabled us to explore the themes of: race, selfhood, and liberty. We began with an introduction to theoretical perspectives and examined critical debates through those perspectives. The semester culminated in a final presentation that acted as a mini-capstone, giving us a taste of what it is like to present at a conference.
Course Texts: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs, and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
Albrecht, Jim. "Syllabus for English 400," Studies in Theory and Criticism, Fall 2018.