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Senior Seminar Anthologies

The Senior Seminar is required of all English majors and must be taken during the final semester of course work within the English major. Enrollment is limited to twelve (12) students in each section in order to facilitate a seminar format. In keeping with that format, the class will be discussion, rather than lecture, driven, and all professors teaching ENGL 4384 will be committed to encouraging students toward independent and collaborative work generated by the class members rather than solely by the teacher.

Proposed sections of ENGL 4384 must involve the three elements of study that students in an English major encounter: literature, theory and writing. To this end, professors will center their course on an idea, theoretical issue or critical concern in literary studies which is illustrated by readings of a theoretical nature in tandem with one or more appropriate literary texts selected according to the professor's specialty.  The class should not become dominated by those literary texts since their primary focus is to provide a concrete instance of the idea, theoretical issue or critical concern which anchors the course. Since the course functions as a capstone for the English major, the students should be able to draw on their previous experience as students of English in their selection and execution of their final projects.  The primary written product generated by the class will be an anthology of 15-20 page essays produced by the students, essays which share the class's central focus but which are based on texts not limited by period, genre or country of origin. The focus of the course must therefore be considered in terms broad enough to facilitate such a range of final projects, even though the professor's selection of illustrative texts for classroom study may be very tightly focused. It is recommended that, in instances where a student's final project is significantly outside the professor's range of expertise, the professor advises the student to solicit help from other faculty early in the project's development.

The papers will be rigorously edited and organized into a collection by the students collaboratively. They will make all decisions about the design of the anthology itself, and will share responsibility for ensuring the quality of the essays contained therein. 

Representative selections of final versions of recent anthologies are available in PDF format below. All editions of the anthology are printed and bound, each student taking at least one copy, and one copy being kept by the department. 

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[ Senior Seminar Syllabus and Requirements

Fall 1998 Anthology

Fall 1999 Anthology

Spring 2000 Anthology

Spring 2000 Anthology

Spring 2001 Anthology

Spring 2001 Anthology

Fall 2001 Anthology

Spring 2002 Anthology

Courtship and Catastrophe: Negotiating the Classical and Contemporary Marriage Plot
Spring 2009 Anthology


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