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

Email: morillo@ncsu.edu

Course Description:

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.

Learning Outcomes:

·         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: recent essays from Publications of the Modern Language Association (PMLA) and Studies in Romanticism

 

Course Requirements:

·          Attendance:  since the class meets twice a week, consistent attendance is critical. If you miss more than 3 classes without a suitably mature and serious excuse, you will not pass.
for excused absence defined, see University Attendance Policy

·         written assignments: assignments are due either in class, printed out on paper, or emailed as files by specified times. See below for which submission rules apply for each assignment*

·         oral presentation of abstract in microconference

·         participation: always come to class on time, with the appropriate texts, having read and thought about them enough to have something specific and intelligent to say or write about them.

*Late assignments are accepted only one class late, and with penalty. Any assignments arriving later than that will not be accepted.

How I Figure Your Grades

·        You must earn passing grades on 6 of 10 written assignments to pass the course.

·        You must complete all the required work to pass the class. No opting out of assigned work. 

·        Each assignment is graded s/u (pass/fail), and so is the course.

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


Online materials have made syllabi dynamic works in progress. If useful additional material comes to our attention they can be added.

Readings listed for a given week shall be completed before you attend class that week; assignments are due in class unless otherwise stated.

 

W        8/16                 Introduction

 

M        8/21                 The State of Humanities in Twenty-First Century Academia

 

Association of Departments of English. “Rethinking the Master’s Degree

for the 21st Century.MLA, 2011. https://www.mla.org/Resources/Career/Career-Resources/Career-and-Job-Market-Information/Rethinking-the-Master-s-Degree-in-English-for-a-New-Century click the pdf link to read

 

Dimock, Wai Chee.“The Experimental Humanities.” PMLA, vol. 132, no.

2, March 2017, pp. 241-49. Modern Language Association Journals, https://doi-org.prox.lib.ncsu.edu/10.1632/pmla.2017.132.2.241. click the pdf link to read

 

                                   

 

W        8/23                 MLA Citation Style: 8th Edition of MLA Handbook

 

M        8/28                 MLA Citation Practice

                                    Assignment 1 Due, MLA Works Cited format

 

                                   Assignment 1 Key—Of course it’s not up yet!

 

W        8/30                 MA Colloquium I. Today only, class will be in the 1911 Building,

room 129. Same time as usual:

Research in Digital Rhetoric, David Rieder

Research in Sociolinguistics, Robin Dodsworth

 

 

M        9/4                   No Class, Labor Day

 

W        9/6                   Read these abstracts to these articles in PMLA, and then start on the

articles:

Clewell, Tammy. “Beyond Psychoanalysis: Resistance and Reparative Reading in Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?” PMLA vol. 132, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 51-70. Modern Language Association Journals, https://doi-org.prox.lib.ncsu.edu/10.1632/pmla.2017.132.1.51.

Daiya, Kavita. “The World after Empire; or, Whither Postcoloniality?” PMLA vol. 132, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 149-155. Modern Language Association Journals, https://doi-org.prox.lib.ncsu.edu/10.1632/pmla.2017.132.1.149.

 

Bearden, Elizabeth B. “Before Normal, There Was Natural: John Bulwer, Disability, and Natural Signing in Early Modern England and Beyond.” PMLA vol. 132, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 33-50. Modern Language Association Journals, https://doi-org.prox.lib.ncsu.edu/10.1632/pmla.2017.132.1.33.

 

Dalleo, Raphael. “Teaching Literature in the Age of Mechanical Education.” PMLA vol. 131, no. 5, Oct. 2016, pp. 147-149. Modern Language Association Journals, https://doi-org.prox.lib.ncsu.edu/10.1632/pmla.2016.131.5.1471.

 

                                   

M        9/11                 MA Colloquium II (Tompkins G123):

Research in Literature and Digital Humanities, Paul

Fyfe. Research in Film and Media Studies, Andrew Johnston

 

Further reading in Methods for 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 University (links to a pdf, check your downloads menu)

Andrew Goldstone, “Notes on Using Digital Media for First-Year Graduate Students,”  

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities at NC State (links to a pdf, check your downloads menu)

 

 

Some NC State DH Projects:

Virtual Paul’s Cross (a digital project by NC State English Prof. John Wall)

Victoria’s Lost Pavilion (a digital project undertaken by NC State English faculty Paul Fyfe, Sharon Joffe, Antony Harrison, and Sharon Setzer, with David Hill, Head of Architecture).

 

 

W        9/13                 Understanding Abstracts

 

                                    Successful NC State MA student abstracts

 

                                    Abstracts better and worse

                                   

                                    Assignment 2 Due, critique of abstracts

 

                                   

M        9/18                 Writing Abstracts

                                    Online info

                                    Assignment 3 Due, 300-wd Abstract of Your Work

 

W        9/20                 About

In-Class Peer Review of Your Abstracts   

 

M        9/25                 Reading current Articles: American Literature, the Graphic Novel

 

Clewell, Tammy. “Beyond Psychoanalysis: Resistance and Reparative Reading in Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?” PMLA vol. 132, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 51-70. Modern Language Association Journals, https://doi-org.prox.lib.ncsu.edu/10.1632/pmla.2017.132.1.51.

Choose the full text pdf on this page.

 

 

W        9/27                 Assignment 4 Responses to PMLA article

 

                                               

 

M        10/2                 Readings in Postcolonial Theory

 

Daiya, Kavita. “The World after Empire; or, Whither Postcoloniality?” PMLA vol. 132, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 149-155. Modern Language Association Journals, https://doi-org.prox.lib.ncsu.edu/10.1632/pmla.2017.132.1.149.

 

                                                           

 

W        10/4                 Reading: Keats’ Lamia. Full text online here 

                                   Where Lamia went after she disappeared from Corinth

 

M        10/9                 Readings in Romantic Literature, Film Theory and Cultural Studies:

 

Wang, Orrin N. C. “Coming Attractions: Lamia and Cinematic Sensation.” Studies in Romanticism, vol. 42, no. 4, Winter 2003, pp. 461-500. ProQuest, https://search-proquest-com.prox.lib.ncsu.edu/docview/223465532/C7F4674E1C054CD5PQ/7?accountid=12725.

 

More Practice with MLA 8 Works Cited form Assignment 5 Due, more citation practice

 

                                               

W        10/11               Following Up Wang’s Ideas: Freud, Lacan, and Psychoanalytic Theory

                                    Lacan on The Gaze

                                    Assignment 6 Due, Proposal Draft 1

 

M        10/16               Following Up Wang’s Ideas: Marxist Theory

                                    Marx on Commodity Fetishism

 

Butler, Judith. “‘Philosophy Has Become Worldly’: Marx on Ruthless Critique.” PMLA, vol. 131, no. 2, March 2016, pp. 460-468. Modern Language Association Journals, ttps://doi-org.prox.lib.ncsu.edu/10.1632/pmla.2016.131.2.460.

                       

 

W        10/18               Readings in Disability Studies, Early Modern British Literature

 

Bearden, Elizabeth B. “Before Normal, There Was Natural: John Bulwer, Disability, and Natural Signing in Early Modern England and Beyond.” PMLA vol. 132, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 33-50. Modern Language Association Journals, https://doi-org.prox.lib.ncsu.edu/10.1632/pmla.2017.132.1.33                           

 

M        10/23               Readings in Pedagogy

 

Dalleo, Raphael. “Teaching Literature in the Age of Mechanical Education.” PMLA vol. 131, no. 5, Oct. 2016, pp. 147-149. Modern Language Association Journals, https://doi-org.prox.lib.ncsu.edu/10.1632/pmla.2016.131.5.1471.

 

           

W        10/25               Readings in Pedagogy

 

Arata, Stephen. “Literature and Information.” PMLA vol. 130, no. 3, May

2015, pp.  673-678. Modern Language Association Journals, https://doi-org.prox.lib.ncsu.edu/10.1632/pmla.2015.130.3.673.

                                                                       

                                    I have added two readings that pick up direclty on Dalleo's topics about gradaute students as workers, and universites' relation to corporate life and capitalism:

                                    

                                    Mossman, Mark. "Academic Capitalism, Student Needs, and the English MA." Degree of Change: The MA in English Studies,

                                    edited by Margaret M. Strain and Rebecca C. Potter, NCTE, 2016, pp. 41-58.

   

                                    Potter, Rebecca C. "But Can You Teach Composition? The Relevance of Literary Studies for the MA Degree." Degree of Change: The MA in English Studies,

                                    edited by Margaret M. Strain and Rebecca C. Potter, NCTE, 2016, pp.59-76.

 

 

M        10/30               Proposal Peer Workshop.

                                    Bring 3 paper copies of your 2nd draft to class. : 1 for me, 1 for your peer reader, 1 for yourself. EMAIL me a file copy of your 2nd draft, too

                                    Assignment 7 Due,  Research Proposal draft 2

 

W        11/1                 ON Teaching in the Two-Year College: Guests speaker Tommy Jenkins,

NC State MFA (2007), Chair of the Division of Humanities at Louisburg College

 

M        11/6                 About Capstones/Writing Introductions: read the introductions to these

 

6 completed capstones in       

                                    Literature and Film: ah.pdf, emc.pdf, oc.pdf, pc.pdf, wc.pdf, wfc.pdf

                                    Chose one published work from your Asn 7 Works Cited (or one

                                    You’ve added to it) and bring in the introduction to that work.

                                   

Assignment 8 Due: Your CVs. Compose a CV. Bring a copy of it on paper to class today.

                                    Writing the Curriculum Vitae (Purdue OWL)

 

 

W        11/8                 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,

                                    “A Conference Manifesto for the Rest of Us” (2015)

 

 

M        11/13               Microconference of Abstracts, day 1 (moderated by the other group)

 

W        11/15               Visit from Literature Teacher: Jacob Clayton, teaching in Interdisciplinary Studies at NC State (MA from here)

                                    Readings:  your chosen article in your field for your review of method, Assignment 9

                                   

                            

M        11/20               Microconference of Abstracts, day 2 (moderated by the other group)

                                   

                                                           

                                    Assignment 9 Due, Critical Review of Method in an Article

W        11/22               Thanksgiving Break. no class

 

M        11.27               About Academic Publishing

 

W        11/29               What to Do with an MA Degree

 

                                    Assignment 10 Due, Final Research Proposal

                                   Due Exam week: Wednesday, December 7 by NOON. As emailed file.

                                               

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