MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE ARTS

SYLLABUS

 
Course No. and Title:  ENGL 501:  Materials and Methods of Research in Literature and Writing
Term: Fall 2022
Instructor’s Name: L. Adam Mekler, Ph. D.
Office: Holmes Hall 228
Phone: 443.885.4032
E-mail:  adam.mekler@morgan.edu
Classroom: Holmes 109
Office Hours: Mon, Wed., Fri. : 1- 1:50
Thu.: 2-3:50

Course Description:
This course of lectures on and exercises in bibliographical research is intended to help the student to develop effective techniques of literary study and satisfactory skills in the organizing and writing of scholarly literary papers.

Course Objectives:
Students will be expected to

Student Learning Outcomes:
After completion of English 501, students should be able to

Required Texts:

Recommended Text:

Reading List:

Aug
23 Course Introduction

30 Hurston, “Sweat” (and “Gilded Six-Bits”)
  • Wall, Introduction: 3-19
  • Chronology: 21-22
  • Hurston, “Sweat”: 25-40
  • Background to the Story: 43-134
  • Hurston, "The Gilded Six-Bits": 135-46
  • Hemenway, ZNH: A Critical Biography: 149-52
  • Jones, “Breaking Out”: 153-68
  • Walker, “Looking for Zora”: 211-30

Due: List, Discussion of Works Held in ERL: ZNH, STC, MWS

Sept
6
Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Washington, Foreword: ix-xvii
  • Hurston, Their Eyes: 1-193
  • Gates, Afterword: 195-205
  • Washington, “I Love the Way” (S): 193-209
  • Mekler, “‘Freedom Found Me’: Their Eyes Were Watching God and the Slave Narrative Form”

Due: Summary, discussion of 21st-century journal article on the novel


13
Manuscript Discussion
  • Robinson, Introduction to The Original Frankenstein (and The Frankenstein Notebooks)
  • Romantic Digital Projects
  • Shelley-Godwin Archives
  • Hurston Archives (LoC)
  • Hurston Archives (UF)
  • Hurston Archives(UCF)
  • NYPL Digital Coleridge
  • BL Coleridge and The Ancient Mariner

15
Manuscript Assignment Due

20
Deadline to Select Author for Research/Oral Presentation

27
Oct
4


11
** Wellness Day: No Class **

18

Critical Response Paper Due

25

Nov 1

Deadline for Research Paper Abstracts

8


15

22


29

Dec
6
Final Presentations

9
Final Research Paper Due

Course Requirements and Student Evaluation:

Grading Scale:
 

Weekly Response Papers: 10 %

Critical Response Paper 10 %

Oral Presentation: 20 %

Class Participation:  20 %

Critical Research Paper: 20 %

Final Examination 20 %

(Selected) Secondary Texts: