Syllabus

English 6601 Methods of Research, Fall 2021

T 5:00-7:45 p.m., Arts & Sciences 342

In-Class Activities

1. Introduction to Textual Scholarship

To streamline our discussion of textual scholarship, let's break into four groups of two or three students each. Groups will respond to the following key issues in the Greetham chapters and share their discussion with the larger class.

Revised and Expanded Paper

The dual purpose of the Revised and Expanded Paper is for students to acclimate to the graduate- and professional-level processes of revisiting prior work, updating arguments, and conducting additional research based upon self-criticism and professional feedback from colleagues in the field.

Original Paper Selection

Select a one or two recent research papers that you believe need both further development of interpretation and further research to help prove your argument.

Original Paper Workshop

Send one or two potential papers to the class in GeorgiaVIEW > Discussions > Revised and Expanded Paper Workshop by Sunday, August 21, at noon. Read your classmates' papers in advance of Tuesday's class. During Tuesday's class, we'll discuss each paper's potential to revise the argument, expand the argument, and add additional research. After class, you will use class feedback to help you decide upon one paper to revise and expand

Annotated Bibliography, Research Strategy, and Revision Plan

Annotated Bibliography

 

Find 10 scholarly, secondary sources (books, book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles) that will help you further develop your literary interpretation, format the sources in MLA style, and provide a 75-100 word summary of each secondary source's argument as well as how the secondary source interprets and illuminates the meaning of the primary text, i.e., the literary work. Do not simply summarize the topic, provide the thesis. I recommend answering the following questions:

  1. What question, issue, or topic is the source investigating?
  2. What is the source's thesis or conclusion regarding the work of literature?
  3. How does the source help your understanding of the work of literature?

Research Strategy

 

Provide a paragraph length summary of how you found the secondary sources. For instance, list the library databases you used and secondary sources' works cited you consulted.

 

Revision Plan

 

Finally, provide a paragraph length explanation of how you plan to revise your original paper. For instance, discuss the new research you will incorporate, how you will amend your interpretation, and how you will expand the argument.

 

I suggest using this template. The annotated bibliography, research strategy, and revision plan is due in GeorgiaVIEW > Course Work > Assignments > Revised and Expanded Paper on Tuesday, September 6.

Revised and Expanded Paper

The revised and expanded paper must be one-third to one half longer than the original paper and incorporate at least 5 new secondary sources. For instance, if the original paper was 10 pages long and had 5 secondary sources, the revised and expanded paper should be 13-15 pages long and have 10 secondary sources. Highlight revised and expanded sections of the final paper. It is due Tuesday, September 13 in GeorgiaVIEW > Course Work > Assignments > Revised and Expanded Paper.If you revised your annotated bibliography based on feedback, also resubmit your bibliography, research strategy, and revision plan on Tuesday, September 13.

 

Date

Due

S, 8-21

1-2 Potential Papers

T, 8-23

Paper Selection Workshop

T, 9-6

Annotated Bibliography, Research Strategy, and Revision Plan

T, 9-13

Revised and Expanded Paper

Textual Scholarship and Book History Annotations

While we were studying the history of the book, you worked on revising and expanding a previous research paper. This project provided the opportunity to practice the research methods learned in your undergraduate programs (researching and writing an annotated bibliography) as well as refine your argument and integrate additional research to a previous paper. Now, the textual scholarship and book history project allows us to practice the methods of textual scholarship learned in the Greetham, Kirschenbaum, and Rside articles.

 

The class will select a work of literature and then individual students will be assigned to research its textual issues (such as the debate between differing scholarly editions or translations), its publication history (discuss its different editions), and its readership history (discuss its critical and social reception, both then and now). Each of you will find and annotate three sources pertaining to your assigned topic.

 

Some examples of topics include the inclusion of T. S. Eliot's notes in the publication of The Waste Land, the 2011 Touch Press Media editions of The Waste Land, the 1965 original publication of Sylvia Plath's Ariel versus the 2004 restored collection, and the original 1922 publication of James Joyce's Ulysses versus Hans Walter Gabler's 1984 edition.

Topics

Bring one or two possible topics to class on Tuesday, September 6; and the class will finalize a topic (the class choose Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland).

Annotations

The list of sources will be compiled by one or two students (Colin Bishoff and Crystal Jackson volunteered); and the professor will assign sources to students (here is the list of assigned sources). Most, but not all, sources are collected here. On Tuesday, September 27, submit your two assigned annotations of 75-100 words each to GeorgiaVIEW > Course Work > Assignments > Textual Scholarship and Book History Project.

Scholarship Summary

While the textual studies project requires you to practice your annotation skills and learn more about textual criticism, the scholarship summary compels you to practice more comprehensive summary skills while learning about a new scholarly discipline and sharing your understanding with the class.

 

The scholarship summary, which will summarize a category of modern scholarship, should

Due Date

The summary is due by the start of class on the scheduled day in two places:

  1. GeorgiaVIEW > Course Work > Discussions > Scholarship Summary
  2. GeorgiaVIEW > Course Work > Assignments > Scholarship Summary

Sign Up

Sign up here for one Scholarship Summary slot.

Scholarship Presentation

After revising and expanding a research paper and then researching a textual issue in a published literary work, you will research a form of modern scholarship: historical scholarship; comparative literature; cultural studies; feminisms, genders, sexualities, race and ethnicity; or migrations, diasporas, and borders. After signing up for a scholarly method, read the corresponding chapter from Nicholls' Introduction to Scholarship in Modern Languages and Literature. Compose a 10 source annotated bibliography comprised of overviews of the scholarly approach as well as theoretical sources that founded the scholarly approach. Do not include the in-class chapter in your bibliography. In a 30-45 minute presentation, share your research findings with the class, teach the scholarly approach, and engage class discussion about the approach. Do not simply summarize the in-class chapter in your presentation (that's what the scholarship summary was for); instead, demonstrate your synthesized understanding of the research into the critical methodology.

 

Due to the class size, some critical approaches will have two students. Each student is individually responsible for researching 10 sources and presenting at least 20 minutes; however, the students should coordinate sections of the critical approach into meaningful presentation sections. For example, one student could focus on feminism and gender studies while another could focus on queer theory and sexuality studies.

Due Date

The 10 source annotated bibliography is due in GeorgiaVIEW > Course Work > Assignments > Scholarship Presentation on the day you are assigned to teach the scholarly approach. Your project will be graded in terms of annotated bibliography quality (range of overviews and theoretical sources, quality of annotations), presentation quality, and understanding of the scholarly approach.

Sign Up

Sign up here for one Scholarship Presentation (P) and one Scholarship Application (A) from different scholarship approaches at least two weeks apart.

Scholarship Application

In addition to researching and presenting on a modern scholarly approach to literary studies, you will also research and teach a literary work from the perspective of a modern scholarly approach: historical scholarship; comparative literature; cultural studies; feminisms, genders, sexualities, race and ethnicity; or migrations, diasporas, and borders. Select a work of literature (poetry, fiction, drama, film, television, graphic literature) that you would like to research and teach to the class using the assigned method for which you are scheduled. Compose a 10 source annotated bibliography comprised of critical sources (scholarly journal articles, books, book chapters) interpreting the literary text from the assigned critical lens. Lead class discussion of the literary work for 30-45 minutes by employing the critical approach and using your bibliography to inform your teaching.

 

Due to the class size, some critical approaches will have two students. Each student is individually responsible for researching 10 sources and presenting at least 20 minutes; however, the students should coordinate sections of the critical approach into meaningful presentation sections. For example, one student could focus on feminism and gender studies while another could focus on queer theory and sexuality studies.

Text Selection

On Tuesday, August 30, students will suggest two possible texts (poetry, fiction, drama, film, television, graphic literature) with which to complete the scholarship application; and the class will finalize the texts based on variety of genre and historical period.

Due Date

The 10 source annotated bibliography is due in GeorgiaVIEW > Course Work > Assignments > Scholarship Application on the day you are assigned to teach the work. Your project will be graded in terms of annotated bibliography quality (range of critical sources, quality of annotations), understanding of the critical approach, and application of the critical approach, and teaching of the literary work.

Sign Up

Sign up here for one Scholarship Presentation (P) and one Scholarship Application (A) from different scholarship approaches at least two weeks apart.

Thesis Proposal

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