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ENG 451

Seminar in Literature

Concentrated study of a topic in literary studies. Prerequisite: two 300- or 400-level courses in literature. Required of majors in English with emphasis on literature. May be repeated once for credit.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Two 300- or 400-level courses in literature. Required of majors in English with emphasis on literature. 1 course

Spring Semester information

Michael Sinowitz

451A: Seminar in Literature: A Literary Life

Seminar in Literature: A Literary Life

This course is designed to serve as capstone to your experience as an English Literature major, as well as to be distinctly different than all of the courses you have taken up until this time. It will not be a survey course; it will not be a topics course; it will not be driven primarily by the scholarly interests of the professor. It will be driven your interests and experiences. Most of the writing and research you will conduct will be driven by your own interests, and I will contact you prior to the start of the semester to get a fuller window onto your interests.

This class will allow you to reflect upon your own education and consider what role it will have in your future life after DePauw. We will situate your own experience in the larger experience of students across the country by looking at the history of literary studies, its present, and the debates about its future. I will ask you to consider where your interests in reading and writing about literature began and where those interests have taken--and where you hope they will take you. You will have a chance to weigh in on the larger debates regarding the direction literary studies should take as well.