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 and the poem.

Here is the general plan for our class in Fall 2021: We will use Canvas 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 Canvas 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 Canvas and will be a platform that is, in many cases, more quickly and easily accessible than Canvas.


  • The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction, ed. Ann Charters. 9th edition.  Boston: Bedford Books/St. Martin’s, 2015
  • Other readings will be available on Canvas under Readings


  • Click link below for 301 Course Syllabus Fall 2021


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

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

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

Schedule of assignments for 9 November through Thanksgiving

Week 12 (9, 11 November

Tuesday:  “Discuss “Sonny’s Blues”

Thursday: No formal Zoom class.  Tune in if questions about articles on “Sonny’s Blues” or
Paper #4
Friday: Send Summary of Critical Article on “Sonny’s Blues” by midnight

Week 13 (16, 18 November)

Tuesday: Background: Introduction to Poetry with examples (uploaded): Discuss “Danse Russe,”
“The Red Wheelbarrow,” “Home Burial”; Paper #4 Due by
midnight on the 16th

Thursday: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

Week 14 (23, 25 November)

Tuesday: No Class: Fall Break Thursday: No Class: Fall Break

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 6 August 2021)