Madeline White and Michaela Pernetti

Over the course of the last ten weeks, our English 14 class embarked on an enlightening journey through literary history, exploring different time periods and genres that may affect one’s interpretation of literature.

This class is listed as a requirement for English majors, so most of us signed up for it without giving much thought to what the class would entail. Throughout the course, however, we were constantly reminded of the value of a foundational course in one’s major.

As English majors, all of us had come across the information presented in this class at one point or another. Though the material may seem basic at first, the way it was presented was– for the first time– concise and comprehensive. This class allowed us to deeply explore the structures of literary genres, more clearly distinguish literary trends, and apply our new understanding to analysis. No matter where we were in our educations, it was evident that each student would be using these skills moving forward in our academic careers.

In completing this assignment, we learned a considerable amount about literary history and interpretation, but also a lot about ourselves and how we work with others. A significant part of this project required us to collaborate with our peers, which many would agree was the most difficult and time-consuming part of the assignment. Collaboration requires cooperation, compromises, and communication, and we hope these are among the many skills you will take away from this class.

We hope this guide was helpful for you, and that you enjoy your quarter of English 14!


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