ENG 302 is the second part of the year-long Foundations of the English Major series, but may be taken even if students have not taken ENG 301. ENG 302 will study literary and theoretical texts with a focus on the following questions: what theories and methods underlie the approaches of scholars and students of English to textual analysis, and why? How does theory expand, constrict, or complicate our analysis of specific texts? The course will pursue these questions and their answers by reading a few kinds of "critical theory" in relation to textual case studies chosen from early modern and modernist literary texts and American comics.
Foundations of the English Major courses are for students beginning the major and for those seriously considering it, the ENG 301-2-3 sequence provides a common intellectual experience for majors and a foundation for future studies in English, American, and Anglophone literatures, media, and folklore. A full year of study in the Foundations sequence is intended to give English majors a solid background in the theory, key debates, and critical reading practices of the discipline as well as a sense of the history of the different kinds of texts we study, from the Medieval period to the present.