ENG 202 Research Methods for English Studies Seminar Descriptions

In ENG 202 (Research Methods for English Studies Seminar), you will develop your ability to conduct and read research. Built around special topics drawing upon faculty’s research, the course introduces you to the diversity and significance of research in the subfields of English. You will learn how to access and analyze peer-reviewed and other forms of scholarship, consider the ethics of research, and analyze which genres are most effective for conveying your research to your intended audiences. This course is capped at 14 students, giving you the opportunity to work closely with your professor and your classmates on your research in your first few semesters in the program. 

Spring 2023

Research Methodologies in Visual and Multimodal Rhetoric: How Images, Words, and Sounds Persuade
Amy Anderson

This course will explore a range of research methodologies in English Studies, with a primary focus on visual and multimodal texts. We’ll draw on cultural studies, interdisciplinary studies, and rhetorical concepts like ambient rhetoric and rhetorical velocity to analyze primary texts ranging from carefully composed environments to advertisements, comics, and infographics.


Parody and Fake News in a “Post-Fact” Society
Vicki Tischio

The prevalence of fake, false and/or misleading information constitutes a kind of crisis in education and in society. Reports suggest that the raid on the Capitol on Jan. 6 was, at least
partly, fueled by fake and misleading information. How do faculty help their students navigate this new world of (mis)information? In this ENG202 course, students will dive into this question
alongside the professor, who is currently working on a book on this topic. Students will study and critique actual events that were inspired by fake news, such as Pizzagate, will identify fake
or false information through internet research. The course will also highlight critical literacy and information literacy pedagogy and practices through existing scholarship, such as “The Citation
Project,” which studies students’ research and citation of sources habits. Students will also approach this course from a literary critical perspective, looking at theories of parody and
examples of political parody. Parody is a duplicitous and double-voiced discourse, similar to fake news. Parody, as a literary genre, invites readers into a world where facts are bent and
distorted and can help students better understand the strategies that go into producing truly dishonest discourse.


PDF Listings and Archive

Please see the links below for PDF versions of current and future ENG 202 listings, as well as an archive of past seminars. 


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