English 669: Methods and the Profession
Dr. John Morillo
M, W 4:30-5:45 in Tompkins G123
Office: Tompkins 270
Office hours: Tuesdays 10:30-12:30; Wednesdays 3-4
This course introduces you to the world of research; the current profession; your department and faculty, and our research and writing expectations for you. Class lectures and discussions will include expanding domains of current research materials available in both print and electronic media; the variety of methods in current English studies, including literary criticism, theory, global perspectives, rhetoric and composition, film studies, and digital humanities. You will become familiar with some of the intellectual endeavors that make up modern research in the humanities, begin your own research, practice bibliographic skills, and refine the formal, professional oral and written presentation of your information.
Besides MA standing, there are no prerequisites for this course.
· write MLA citation and bibliographic form correctly
· formulate useful research questions in cogent writing
· become conversant in some current methodologies and fields of research
· prepare skills for a successful MA career and capstone project
· allow you to come in contact with many of the fields of study (and NC State faculty members who pursue them) as a way of finding your intellectual interests
· develop practical skills about research and writing, including an introduction to examples of many professional genres, including the “call for papers,” conference proposal/abstract, course paper, public lecture, and scholarly article
Required print text: MLA Handbook, 8th edition. You may find it helpful to consult the online supplement here: https://style.mla.org
Required online texts: volume 131, number 1 of Publications of the Modern Language Association (PMLA), January 2016
Chapters on “Rhetoric” and “Composition” in Introduction to the Study of Modern Languages and Literatures, MLA Press, 2007, on electronic reserve through D. H. Hill Library
You must complete all the required work to pass the class.
Plagiarism: Anyone convicted will receive an F for the paper, or the
course at my discretion.
And yes, I have caught people in the past.
Late Papers: Papers received ONE class session late will be accepted
but docked a full grade.
No late papers will be accepted after one class session late.
Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 515-7653. For more information on NC State's policy on working with students with disabilities, please see the Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Regulation (REG 02.20.01)." and here http://www.ncsu.edu/dso/
N.C. State University Polices, Regulations, and Rules (PRR): "Students are responsible for reviewing the PRRs which pertain to their course rights and responsibilities. These include: http://policies.ncsu.edu/policy/pol-04-25-05 (Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy Statement), http://oied.ncsu.edu/oied/policies.php (Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity), http://policies.ncsu.edu/policy/pol-11-35-01 (Code of Student Conduct), and http://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-50-03 (Grades and Grade Point Average)."
Academic Integrity Assumption
Universities are unique communities committed to creating and transmitting knowledge. They depend on freedom - individuals' freedom to explore ideas and to explore and further their own capabilities. Those freedoms depend on the good will and responsible behavior of all the members of the community, who must treat each other with tolerance and respect. They must allow each other to develop the full range of their capabilities and take full advantage of the institution's resources.
Career Guidance: Wondering how that English degree might get you a job?
CHASS CAREER SERVICES: Career Development Center, 2100 Pullen Hall. careers.ncsu.edu
W 8/17 Introduction
M 8/22 The State of Humanities in Twenty-First Century Academia
William Chace, “The Decline of the English Department” (2009)
Michael Bérubé, “The Humanities Unraveled” (2009) and “The Humanities, Declining? Not According to the Numbers” (2013)
W 8/24 MLA Makes Big Changes in Format for 8th Edition of Handbook
M 8/29 MLA Citation
Assignment 1 Due, MLA Works Cited format
W 8/31 A New Wave of Scholarship: Digital Humanities
Matthew Kirschenbaum, “What Is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments?” (2012)
Matthew Gold, “The Digital Humanities Moment” (2012)
Lisa Spiro, “Getting Started in Digital Humanities” (2011)
On Close and Distant Reading. Leipzig U
Also examine Virtual Paul’s Cross (a digital project by NC State English Prof. John Wall) and Victoria’s Lost Pavilion (a digital project undertaken by NC State English faculty Paul Fyfe, Sharon Joffe, Antony Harrison, David Hill, Sharon Setzer).
M 9/5 No Class, Labor Day
W 9/7 About Digital Humanities
Guest: Dr. Timothy Stinson
Notes on Using Digital Media for First-Year Graduate Students (Andrew Goldstone)
Notes on Using Digital Media for First-Year Graduate Students (Andrew Goldstone)
M 9/12 Understanding Abstracts
Read these abstracts in PMLA, vol. 131, no. 1, 2016
Assignment 2 Due, critique of abstract
W 9/14 About Rhetoric and Composition Guest:
Dr. David Rieder
M 9/19 Writing Abstracts
Assignment 3 Due, 300-wd Abstract of Your Work
W 9/21 About Film Studies
Guest: Dr. Franklin Cason
M 9/26 In-Class Peer Review of Your Abstracts
W 9/28 Reading Jane Eyre now: Theory and Method in Academic Articles:
Readings: Pizzo “Atmospheric Exceptionalism”
Kreisel “The Madwoman on the Third Story”
M 10/3 Following Up Pizzo’s and Kreisel’s Sources
Assignment 5 Due, more citation practice
W 10/5 no class
M 10/10 Reading Things Fall Apart now: Theory and Method in Academic
Readings: PMLA, vol. 131, no. 1, 2016
Hyde “Flat Style: Things Fall Apart and its Illustrations”
W 10/12 Following Up Hyde’s Sources
Assignment 6 Due, Proposal Draft 1
M 10/17 Reading and Hearing Poetry now: Theory and Method in Academic
MacArthur “Monotony, the Churches of Poetry, and Sound Studies”
W 10/19 Following Up MacArthur’s Sources
Grobe “The Breath of the Poem
M 10/24 Reading Roger Williams now:
Theory and Method in Academic Articles
Gray, “Aurality in Print
W 10/26 Following Up Gray’s Sources
Murray “Joining Signs with Words”
Assignment 7 Due, Research Proposal draft 2
M 10/31 Our Changing Profession: New Southern Studies
Readings: Bibler, Watson, Burnett, Holland, Heath
Cartwright, Fielder, Holloway, Nunn, Davis
W 11/2 Following up Southern Studies sources
Clukey “Plantation Modernity”
McKee and Trefzer “Preface: Global Contexts, Local Literatures”
Knowles Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
Saraiya, “The Duck Dynasty American Dream”
M 11/7 Creating a Curriculum Vitae and Professional Presence / Proposals Workshop
Assignment 8 Due:
Your CVs . Compose a CV. Bring a copy of it on paper to class today.
. Compose a CV. Bring a copy of it on paper to class today.
Bring a paper copy of the latest version of your research proposal to class. You will exchange it with a peer
reader and work on revisions just as you did with your first abstract drafts.
W 11/9 All About Conferences
Sano-Franchini, “Writing the Academic Conference Proposal” (2011)
Oden, “Preparing for Conferences” (2015)
Wampole, “The Conference Manifesto” (2015)
Perry, “Save the Academic Conference” (2015)
Looser, “Why I love Academic Conferences” (2015)
Fox, Tange, and Walsh,
M 11/14 Microconference of Abstracts, day 1 (moderated by the other group)
W 11/16 Visit from Dr. Matthew Mullins (MA NC State, PhD UNC Greensboro), Assistant Professor of English and History of Ideas at Southeastern,
and author of Postmodernism in Pieces: Materializing the Social in U. S. Fiction , Oxford UP, 2016.
Readings: your chosen article in your field
Ryan Cordell, “How to Start Tweeting and Why You Might Want To” (2010)
Brian Croxall, “Ten Tips for Tweeting at Conferences” (2014)
Anastasia Salter, “Re-Evaluating the Risks of Public Scholarship” (2015)
Lesley McCollum, “A Beginner’s Guide to Establishing a Professional Online Presence” (2014)
M 11/21 Microconference of Abstracts, day 2 (moderated by the other group)
Assignment 9 Due, Critical Review of Method in an Article
W 11/23 no class
M 11.28 About Academic Publishing
W 11/30 What to Do with an MA Degree
Assignment 10 Due, Final Research Proposal
Due Exam week : Wednesday, December 7 by NOON. As emailed file.
: Wednesday, December 7 by NOON. As emailed file.