Dr. Laura L. Runge Office: CPR 301J/ 813-974-9496
Spring 2005 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LIB 620A Tuesday 3-5:50 PM
Feb. 5 Altick, Preface and Ch. 1, Gibaldi, Foreword
and Ch. 3, approp. Harner
References: Literary Handbooks
Presentation: Carleigh Leffert
With these readings we begin our section on Reference work and professional activity. The readings by Altick and Gibaldi present views on how our scholarly writing contributes to a professional state-of-the-art in English studies. Chapter 3 in Gibaldi provides a crash course in grammar as it relates to the MLA style for writing. I STRONGLY recommend reading it. I learn (or re-learn) something every time.
As of class on Tuesday Feb. 1, the following were still in the reference section on the first floor. Please post any changes to the class discussion board. THANKS!
Burke and Howe: American Authors and Books (3rd rev. ed.)
Drabble, Margaret: The Oxford Companion to English Literature (6th ed)
Barnhart: The New Century Handbook of English Literature (Rev. ed.)
Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature
Bollard: Pronouncing Dictionary of Proper Names (2nd ed.)
[Ghosh] Annals of English Literature (2nd ed.)
Frye, Baker, et al. The Harper Handbook to Literature (2nd ed)
Harmon & Holman A Handbook to Literature (9th ed)
Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
REF/PN43. 085 2000
In your post feel free to raise questions (practical, theoretical or otherwise) about the profession that the readings inspire. Think about the attitudes and assumptions they hold. What questions do they raise for you? To what extent do you agree with the writers? To what extent do these readings confirm your expectations for work in English Studies? What do they present that is new to you?
In particular I am interested in the notion of vocation that Altick and Fenstermaker explore. What do you think about this term? How does it apply to English Studies (or teaching)? What problems does this raise?
How would you characterize “scholarship”? How would you characterize “criticism”? What are the apparent or real distinctions between the two?
For a recent discussion of the ways in which these terms and the attitudes they embody, see Robert Scholes, “Learning and Teaching” Profession 2004: 118-127 (an earlier version appeared in Spring –Fall 2003 issue of ADE Bulletin).
After reading these introductory statements, what areas of potential scholarship can you identify for yourself? What would you need to know in order to arrive at your answers?