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ENG 211: Introduction to Language & Literature: Home

Course Description

The Introduction to Language and Literature course is a pre-requisite for all 300 and 400 level courses. It is designed to teach you how to practice close reading of texts and be able to enter into and build upon critical interpretations of the text. 

The course guide to ENG 211 connects you with scholarly resources available at the Library. Scholarly resources in the study of literature are often academic journal articles and collections of literary criticisms about one particular author or related authors. 






Close Reading

A close reading of the text involves careful study of language, words, and phrases, and their specific application and use within the text. Resources such as the Oxford English Dictionary, concordances, and dictionaries of literary terms can be used to help understand and interpret the text. 

Build Context

Use reference sources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks to fill in gaps in knowledge and expand the cultural, historical, or intellectual context of your research topic. 

Continue Scholarly Conversation

The scholarly conversation is the published literary criticism already existing on the particular text you are studying. Your interpretation and analysis will build off this conversation and be used as a means to support the arguments you are making about the text. Scholarly conversation includes books, journal articles, essay collections, and more.  

Citing Sources

MLA is the standard citation style for literature and language.

View a list of resources for formatting your paper and citing sources in MLA.