The Junior Research Seminar involves students in current literary research, including: working with primary sources and archival materials; reviewing the critical literature; using online databases of historical newspapers, periodicals, and other cultural materials; exploring relevant contexts in literary, linguistic, and cultural history; studying the etymological history and changing meanings of words; experimenting with new methods of computational analysis of texts; and other methodologies.
The course typically involves a few main texts that are studied intensively from a variety of approaches. Research exercises throughout the semester will culminate in a final project: either a scholarly essay of 10-15 pages or a creative project. In either case, the final project must emerge out of each student's intensive, independent research agenda.
Every semester, 4-6 different seminars that showcase a wide range of key texts and questions will be offered.