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ENGH 303/WGST 303: Entering the Conversation

Finding Background

When you first approach a topic, it's a good idea to determine what's commonly known about the subject.  You can do this in a variety of ways:

  • Use the readings from the course.
  • Ask an expert (such as the professor).
  • Look for forewords or introductions to the literary text you're planning to use.
  • Check encyclopedias for summaries of an author's work, or their context.  Encyclopedias and dictionaries can provide summaries, quick definitions of unfamiliar terms, and recommended further reading.  Some possibilities are:

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