English and Film Studies

ENGL 103 B12: Case Studies in Research

J. Cohn

How does research matter to reading and understanding literature, broadly conceived? In this course, we will pursue literary research through a discussion of Philip K. Dick’s “Minority Report,” its film adaptation, and other works inspired by it. Research helps us to understand texts in particular locations, histories, contexts, and debates. Students can expect to learn about, and put into practice, the stages in a research process, from identifying a research question or problem, to finding and evaluating useful supplementary materials, and learning about how to place their ideas in conversation with the knowledge they build from research. Note: Before registering, students should check Bear Tracks and the Department of English and Film Studies website or specific section subtitles/focus.