ENG690A Major Author Seminar I
Lead Faculty: Dr. Franz J Potter
A critical study of the work of a single author, such as Jane Austen, Walt Whitman, Charles Dickens, William Faulkner, Jack London. Special attention given to biography, culture, and literary context.
- Synthesize biographical and historical background with literary analysis of an author's works.
- Evaluate the complexities of canon formation in terms of the author's "major" status.
- Analyze and evaluate a broad range of primary documents written by the author, including essays, letters, and minor writings, as well as major writings.
- Analyze, evaluate, and integrate a broad range of secondary writings about the author, including reviews, biography, webliography, films, and the full spectrum of criticism.
- Write a scholarly argument of publishable quality that synthesizes relevant biography, history, and criticism with an original interpretation of one or more of the author's works.