Through the study of selected examples of poetry, fiction, and drama, this course will introduce students to the fundamentals of the university-level literary study, and furnish them with the skills to think and write critically about literature. Students will be taught the basic concepts of genre and form in literature, and methods of literary analysis, to enable them to continue in more specialized English courses at the second year or beyond. This section of Introduction to Literary Studies will emphasize an exploration of wit and satire, beginning with English literature of the Middle Ages and ending sometime near the end of the eighteenth century.
- 10% Participation
Participation is counted through contributions to this course wiki. All contributions should be signed.
- 20% Reading Questions
Only the top five reading question packages submitted will be counted.
- 40% Research Paper
1500-2000 word research paper on a pre-selected topic or, with instructor permission, a topic of a student's own choosing.
- 30% Final Examination
Open-book examination comprised of 5 passage recognition questions and 2 essay questions.
Required Readings 
Primary Texts 
Any standard, unabridged edition of the following works will be acceptable.