Topics will be determined by the students based on their selection of texts for reading and discussion. Possible topics could include: the role of experimentation in different periods of literary history (such as romanticism, realism, modernism and postmodernism); the representation of scientific experimentation in literature; writing as experiment; trial and error and the emergence of new literary forms; the relationship between experimentation and tradition.




This course is designed to allow students to bring together, reflect on and apply what they have learned in their courses in English Studies in the context of a colloquium among peers. It offers students an opportunity to experience what their studies enable them to contribute to the field individually and in collaboration with others, and it will engage students in the production of an online platform that will showcase their capstone experience to other students and the public.




The class will meet for two-hours every week. There will be no formal lectures. At the beginning of the course, the class will agree on a set of readings for the semester proposed by the students in consultation with the teacher. In the first eight weeks, each student will be responsible for preparing and leading the discussion of a text that is relevant to the overall theme of the colloquium. In the final weeks of the semester, the class will produce a web-based resource showcasing the discussed examples, to which each student will contribute by researching, annotating and discussing the selected texts.




Assessment for the course is 100% coursework. This is made up of

Presentation and leading a discussion: 30%
Participation in and contribution to discussions: 30%
Written contribution to online publication (on Google sites): 40%






Texts will be selected by the students in consultation with the teacher.

A select bibliography of relevant preparatory and background reading will be posted here and placed on reserve at the Main Library in the course of the first semester.



Last updated: 19 January 2016