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Course Description and Required Texts

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Course Description:

The Proseminar is the English Department's introduction to graduate studies, a required course designed to acquaint students early in their graduate careers with the fundamental principles and practices of advanced literary and cultural studies.  The course is designed to provide rigorous exercise in the skills of close reading, critical analysis, oral presentations, primary and secondary research, and MLA style for properly documenting and formatting research papers.  In this section of the Proseminar, will exercise this range of foundational skills as we explore literature’s role in shaping and expressing racial and national identities.  Focusing on a group of texts taken from several periods of literary history, our inquiry will cross into historical questions (how have categories of “race” been defined in our past), theoretical (what is “identity”?), and even scientific (what does the study of genetics teach us about identity?).  The Proseminar will thus allow for an integrated study of one of the most pressing scholarly topics in the field today, and provide students with the skills and methods to pursue a successful graduate career at SUNY New Paltz.


Required Texts:

(**A General Note: If you already own a complete works of Shakespeare (Norton, Riverside, etc.), you should certainly to use it for our class instead of purchasing the single-edition Othello listed below.


I have ordered the books from our campus bookstore, but you can certainly save money by shopping online. While Amazon is convenient and often has good prices, I use and recommend the website http://addall.com, which searches dozens of different bookseller websites to find the best price for you. Use the ISBN (a number used by booksellers and publishers to identify books) in the table below to make sure you have the right edition.**)


Title Author ISBN Publication
A Glossary of Literary Terms Abrams, M.H. 1413033903 Wadsworth Publishing (2008), Edition: 9, Paperback, 408 pages
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 7th Edition Modern Language Association 1603290249 Modern Language Association of America (2009), Edition: 7th, Paperback, 292 pages
Oroonoko (Penguin Classics) Behn, Aphra 0140439889 Penguin Classics (2004), Paperback, 144 pages
Six Degrees of Separation: A Play Guare, John 0679734813 Vintage (1990), Edition: 1st Vintage Books Ed, Paperback, 120 pages
M. Butterfly: With an Afterword by the Playwright Hwang, David Henry 0452272599 Plume (1993), Paperback, 100 pages
Tar Baby (Contemporary Fiction, Plume) Morrison, Toni 0452264790 Plume (1987), Paperback, 305 pages
Othello (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) Shakespeare, William 1903436451 Arden Shakespeare (1996), Edition: 3rd, Paperback, 442 pages
Philadelphia Fire: A Novel Wideman, John Edgar 061850964X Mariner Books (2005), Paperback, 208 pages


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