ENGL 301: Introduction to English Studies

Course description:  English 301 is an introduction to the kind of analytical reading and writing you will be expected to do as an English major. For some of you who are well into your major the course will be a review of sorts in that you will be sharpening skills that you have already learned, perhaps even reading works that you have already read.  I hope, however, that you will all encounter in this course many texts that you will find exciting to read, reread, discuss, and write about. We will consider works from various genres, among them the short story, the novel, the poem, and the play.

Here is the general plan for our class in Fall 2020: We will use Blackboard and our course website for background information on the works we are reading and for assignments, and we will come together in Zoom sessions each week at our regularly scheduled class time for discussion of the material and the assignments.  You will submit your essays to me through email, and I’ll return them to you graded and with comments.  Our exchange of ideas will be ongoing through Blackboard discussion questions and responses. I will be available throughout the semester for individual conferences through email, cell phone, or Zoom.  I’ll add additional details as we come closer to the beginning of the semester.

About this page: This page will host course-specific page links, documents, images, and contextual information related to authors and works being studied during the semester. It will contain information that supplements, but does not replace, the contents of Blackboard and will be a platform that is, in many cases, more quickly and easily accessible than Blackboard.

TEXTBOOKS: Click here for list of English 301 Texts Fall 2020


Click here for 301 Course Syllabus Fall 2020


Final Revised Schedule for Weeks 12-16


Click here for schedule of assignments for Weeks 1, 2, 3,4

Click here for schedule of assignments for Weeks 5, 6, 7,8

Click here for schedule of assignments for Weeks 9, 10, 11, 12

Click here for schedule of assignments for Weeks 13, 14, 15, 16

by Jamaica Kincaid


Sneak Preview of Kincaid and “Girl”

Girl Sneak Preview

 Jamaica Kincaid Reading “Girl”


“The Girls in Their Summer Dresses”(1939)
by Irwin Shaw

Sneak Preview of The Girls in Their Summer Dresses_

“The Girls in Their Summer Dresses”: Both Versions in RALS Side by Side

This page updated 23 August 2020)