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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ENGL 615 - Teaching Literary History and Culture

3 Credit(s)

This course directly confronts a question our students often ask: why study “old” literature? Starting with this basic question, this seminar encourages its students to think critically about the joys, challenges, and responsibilities of teaching the historical development of literature and the cultural contexts of literature. This class examines the idea of “literary history” and the practice of teaching literature by embracing the historical and cultural worlds that create and are created by literature. Emphasizing making literature accessible and exciting to students, the course explores issues such as the literary canon, the periodization of literature, the multiethnic contexts of literature, and the use of primary source databases in literary study.