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Critical Essay & Question Presentation -- For your presentation, you will read the texts assigned for a particular week, research a scholarly essay relevant to the texts and course, distribute the essay to the class the week prior, generate a critical question, and lead the class discussion for the day.

Research Proposal Memo -- At midterm to prepare you for your Seminar Paper, you are required to prepare a one-page memorandum that outlines your paper topic and working claim, a proposal arguing why the paper is relevant and doable, and a brief bibliography of useful research. You will turn in the research proposal at a one-on-one conference with me.

Seminar Paper -- The semester culminates in an 8-12 page seminar paper building on the critical question, claim, and research you started with your Research Proposal. The seminar paper must focus on one (or two) of the course's novels, articulate a specific analytical argument that engages one or more of the theoretical and critical lenses raised by our class, and integrate and incorporate recent, relevant academic research.

Queer(ing) American Literature Critical Review -- a 500-700 word analytical review of a text you would think could be or should be included in our class. Critical Reviews are due by the last day of instruction and will be posted to the class blog.
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Information Sheets

The following are handouts, informational sheets, and readings that will be assigned or used over the course of the quarter. Each student will recieve a copy of each as a handout in class during the appropriate week. If you miss a sheet, feel free to print out a new copy.

ENGL 374 Student Info Sheet & Release Form

Ed's Top Ten List of "Ways to Survive University"

Ed's Top Ten Rules of Writing

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

MLA Citation and Bibliographic Format

What is Close Reading?


There are ten novels required by the class in addition to a handful of short readings. The novels are available via the Drew Bookstore (or through any reputable bookseller). All of the short readings for class are available via the (class Moodle). Consult the course syllabus for the week's required reading. The following is a full bibliographical list of the class readings:

Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home. Boston: Mariner Books, 2006.

Butler, Judith. "Critically Queer." GLQ. 1.1 (1993): 17-32.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gastby. New York: Scribner, 1993.

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. "If I Were a Man." Pearson Education. 11 Jun. 2012.

Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1959.

Hemingway, Ernest. In Our Time. New York: Scribner, 1958.

Johnson, E. Patrick. "'Quare' Studies, or (Almost) Everything I Know about Queer Studies I Learned from My Grandmother." Text and Performance Quarterly. 21.1 (January 2001): 1-25.

Larsen, Nella. Passing New York: Norton, 2007.

Morrison, Toni. Sula. New York: Vintage, 1973.

Proulx, Annie. "Brokeback Mountain." Close Range: Wyoming Stories. New York: Scribner, 1999: 255-285.

"Queers Read This." Queer Resource Directory. June 1990. 3 Aug. 2013.

Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. New York: Back Bay Books, 2001.

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. "Queer and Now." Tendencies. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1993. 1-22.

Somerville, Siobhan B. "Queer." Keywords for American Cultural Studies. Eds. Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler. New York: NYU Press, 2007. 187-191.

Vidal, Gore. The City and the Pillar. New York: Vintage, 1965.

Williams, Tennessee. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. New York: Dramatist Play Service, 1954.
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