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ENG 202: Writing and Research in English

Exploration of research materials for literary text analysis and completion of Dr. Kumbier's Literary Quest Assignment

The Class

ENG 0202 - Writing and Research in English (Writing Intensive)
A required gateway course for English B.A. and B.S.E. majors. An introduction to the aims and methods of writing and scholarship in the discipline. Prerequisite: Eng 101 and 102 or Eng 111.

Writing and Research in English

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Varied Perspectives of Literary Evaluation

There are many perspectives from which an author’s works may be read, analyzed and evaluated. Our library offers ways into a range of these perspectives, including many individual volumes devoted solely to criticism of an author’s works or even of an individual work. It is crucial to know a volume of literary criticism when you see one; that is, to be able to tell that a certain book you have in hand is a book reflecting on and responding to an author’s work rather than, say, a biography of an author or an edition of an author’s work. The Twayne series of volume devoted to individual authors, for example, is mostly literary criticism, though each volume also contains biographical information on the author. To complicate things a bit further, there are also editions of author’s works that combine, say, a reliable text of a novel with literary criticism of the novel: the most well-known series of this type is the Norton Critical Editions. Finally, there are anthologies of important critical essays about an author, such as the Twentieth-Century Views series or the Chelsea House publications supervised by Harold Bloom.

If you’re looking for the most up-to-date criticism of an author’s work, though, you will not be as likely to find it in books as you will in scholarly journals. Our library’s databases are essential tools for leading you to such sources, and, for students of literature, an indispensable database for finding past and current articles about an author’s work is the MLA International Bibliography, which tries to list all the articles, dissertations and books published about hundreds of authors each year.

-- from Author Research LibGuide, Dr. William Kumbier, Sept. 26, 2011

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