This course studies in depth the works of selected major writers. Although the focus is on the works themselves, authors' biographies, their place in literary history, and their influence on later writers are also examined. Indirectly, the course also investigates the process whereby certain writers gain "major" status. Examples of writers studied are Woolf, Dickinson, Wordsworth, Faulkner, the Brontes, Melville, Yeats, Dostoevsky, Baldwin, and Morrison. Topic for Fall 2013: Medieval Women Writers. Topic for Spring 2014: Milton.