Introduction to Graduate Studies & Research Methods
Course Guidelines

“‘No; I haven’t the least sense of the ‘fist’. It’s funny.
With most men there’s the instinct to clench the fist and hit.
It’s not so with me. I should want a knife or a pistol or something to fight with’” (420).

D. H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers (1913)

the basics / goals / course overview / path 1 / path 2/ miscellany


English 501: Introduction to Graduate Studies & Research Methods
thematic touchstone: ______________

instructor: Dr. Paul Marchbanks
office: 805-756-2159 / building 47 (the "maze"), hallway 35, office A / available hours
home: 805-593-0192 (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)



The physical violence that so radically transformed thousands of lives in wartime Britain accompanied—and in many ways shaped—the more productive forms of violence early twentieth-century writers perpetrated against conventional literary forms. That greater awareness of war’s horrors produced by a more powerful and determined media machine prompted a similar commitment to both psychological and physical realism from the period’s artists. Novelists like Virginia Woolf and James Joyce worked to capture the chaotic non-linearity of human thought and motivation, while D. H. Lawrence reproduced the emotional and spiritual violence which sometimes characterizes relations between the sexes. Poets W. B. Yeats and T. S. Eliot struggled with expressing the alternating pulses of despair and hope coursing through their own lives, and Joseph Conrad examined the rising threat represented by anarchist movements in Europe.

PATH 1: In-Class Discussion and Exams

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PATH 2: Outside Research and Writing




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Plagiarism and the Honor Code
I encourage you to improve your writing with the help of peers, instructors, and myself. Remember, however, that all work you submit must be your own. Any paper containing borrowed but undocumented thoughts or words will receive a failing grade, and I am obligated to report all instances of plagiarism to the Vice President of Student Affairs. Let me know if you have further questions concerning this important issue.

"Weeping Nude" (1913)
Edvard Munch


Dr. Paul Marchbanks