A Web Case Book on
Toni Morrison

Web Case Book
Development Teams
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Randy Brooks
Dr. Carmella Braniger
Faculty Editor

Theory & Practice
in Writing About Literature

Editorial Board & Critical Writers

The content of this casebook was developed by Millikin University students from Dr. Carmella Braniger’s “Writing About Literature” class (EN 202).

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Editorial Board

Dr. Carmella Braniger
Pat Steadman
Sarah Corso
Amber McKinney

Review Team for
New Criticism and Deconstruction

Gordan Gilmore
Klay Baynar
Guiliana Selvaggio

Review Team for
Reader Response

Aubrie Cox
Shelby Larrick

Review Team for Cultural, Historical
& Postcolonial

Allison Lingren
Kerry Dueker

Review Team for Psychological Approaches

Jessica Wood
Ashley Fromm

Team for Feminism, Post-Feminism
& Queer Theory

Joel Booster
Caitlin Hennessy

Randy Brooks
Dr. Randy Brooks
Faculty Web Publisher

Web Publication Design Team

The final project in Millikin University's EN301 Web Publishing course is a client publication project. A team of students from EN301 were pleased to serve as the web publication team for A Web Case Book on BELOVED by Toni Morrison.

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Rachael Frye Cummings

Sarah Scharnett
English Education
Justin Miller
Graphic Design

Dr. Braniger on integrating theory and practice in English studies:

Through a combination of rhetorical theory and practice, English majors at Millikin University gain rhetorical strategies and demonstrate production capabilities necessary for professional success. With Millikin’s institutional emphasis on the integration of theory and practice, the English department’s holistic model of education encourages students to embrace reading, writing, publishing, teaching, and professional technologies in English studies. Simply put, our model of “doing English” celebrates opportunities: to read a variety of texts, to create new texts for a variety of audiences and purposes, to publish original works, and to understand the role of rhetorical and writing theories for personal, professional, and community literacy.

“Writing About Literature,” then, provides an opportunity for students to practice critical approaches for understanding literature by applying various theoretical and rhetorical frameworks of literary studies. We begin with the question of why we write about literature and integrate the acts of reading and writing by positioning the writer as reader and the reader as writer.  We then move to careful readings and close textual analyses of literary creations, focusing on explication, analysis and interpretation of primary texts from a variety of authors and genres.  We familiarize ourselves with basic critical, theoretical and rhetorical approaches to reading literature, with the culminating project being the collaborative development of a casebook study. 

This project positions students as active, independent agents at the center of text production.  By asking students to become practioners of literary theory and scholars of literature they are engaged as active participants and contributors to literary studies. I am proud of the professionalism each individual has shown for the project, the seriousness with which the students approach the role of scholar and editor, and the spirit of collaboration they have maintained throughout the project and over the course of the semester. It was an honor and privilege to work with this talented group of students, and it is a sheer pleasure to introduce them and their work. I hope you will join me in celebrating their hard work, dedication and brilliant insights.


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