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Studying English: Research Methods (ENGL5841M) Module Reading List

Studying English: Research Methods, 2019/20, Semester 1
Dr Ian Fairley
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Primary Texts

William Wordsworth, The Two-Part Prelude (1798-99)

Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845)

Claudia Rankine, Citizen (2014)

Zaffar Kunial, Us (2018)


Critical Editions and Secondary Reading

The following list of critical editions (for Douglass and Wordsworth) and of secondary materials for each of our texts is advisory rather than exhaustive. Some texts given under one author may be just as helpful for another. And some recent items either blur the primary/secondary distinction or change the frame of the critical archive.


Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845)

Critical Editions

Douglass, Frederick, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, ed. by Benjamin Quarles (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1960)

–––––––, Autobiographies, ed. by Henry Louis Gates (New York: Library of America, 1994)

–––––––, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, ed by William L. Andres and William S. McFeely (New York and London: Norton, 1997)

–––––––, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, ed by Deborah E. McDowell and John Charles (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999)

–––––––, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, ed by Angela Y. Davis (San Francisco: City Lights, 2010)

Secondary Reading

Andrews, William L., ed, Critical Essays on Frederick Douglass (Boston, MA: M.K. Hall, 1991)

Brockmeier, Jens, 'From the End to the Beginning: Retrospective Teleology in Autobiography', in Narrative and Identity: Studies in Autobiography, Self and Culture, ed. by Jens Brockmeier and Donal Carbaugh (Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2001), pp. 246-282

Delombard, Jeannine, '"Eye-Witness to the Cruelty": Southern Violence and NorthernTestimony in Frederick Douglass's Narrative', American Literature, 73.2 (2001), 245-275

Gates, Jr, Henry Louis, 'Frederick Douglass and the Language of the Self', in Figures in Black: Words, Signs, and the 'Racial' Self (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987), pp. 98-124

Hartman, Saidiya V., Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1997)

Henkel, Michele A, 'Forging Identity through Literary Reinterpellation: The Ideological Project of Frederick Douglass' Narrative',  Literature and Psychology, 48.1-2 (2002), 89-101

Hutchins, Zachary McLeod, 'Rejecting the Root: The Liberating Anti-Christ Theology of Douglass's Narrative', Nineteenth-Century Literature, 68.3 (2013), 292-322

Ann Kibbey, 'Language in Slavery: Frederick Douglass's' Narrative', Prospects, 8 1983), 163-182

Lawson, Bill E., and Frank M. Kirkland, eds, Frederick Douglass: A Critical Reader (Oxford: Blackwell, 1999)

Lee, Lisa Yun, 'The Politics of Language in Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of an American Slave', Melus, 17.2 (1991), 51-59

Levander, Caroline, 'Witness and Participant: Frederick Douglass's Child', Studies in American Fiction, 33.2 (2005), 183-192

Peyser, Thomas, 'The Attack on Christianity in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave', The Explicator, 69.2 (2011), 86-89

Ricoeur, Paul, Oneself as Anothertrans. by Kathleen Blamey (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1992) 

Stepto, Robert B., From Behind the Veil: A Study of Afro-American Narrative, 2nd edn (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1991)

Sundquist, Eric J., ed., Frederick Douglass: New Literary and Historical Essays (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990)


Zaffar Kunial, Us (2018)

Capildeo, Vahni, ‘Response to Zaffar Kunial, Us’, University of Leeds Poetry Centre Blog(20 March 2019) <>

Kunial, Zaffar, and Will Burns, ‘Structo Talks to Zaffar Kunial’, Structo Magazine, 13 (February 2015) <>

Kunial, Zaffar, and Maurice Riordan, ‘Zaffar Kunial talks to Maurice Riordan’, Soundcloud (13 August 2015),

Riley, Peter, ‘Poetry Notes: First-person “identity” poetry’, The Fortnightly Review, New Series (22 January 2019), <>

Rumens, Carol, 'Poem of the Week: Us by Zaffar Kunial; An only apparently informal riff on an only apparently straightforward concept of identity finds some sparky complications', The Guardian (2 July 2018) <>

Ryan, Declan, 'On Zaffar Kunial's "Us"', Ambit (25 October 2018) <>

Stafford, Fiona, 'Memory, Imagination, and the Renovating Power of Trees', Philological Quarterly, 97.2 (2018), 155-176


Claudia Rankine, Citizen(2014)

Secondary Reading

Adams, Bella, 'Black Lives/White Backgrounds: Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric and Critical Race Theory', Comparative American Studies, 15.1-2 (2017), 54-71

Alvergue, José Filipe, 'Lyric Redress: The Racial Politics of Voice and American Personhood', Criticism, 60.2 (2018), 221-245

Capildeo, Vahni, 'On Reading Claudia Rankine: You Are in a Long-Distance Citizenship with You', PN Review, 42.4 (2016), 8-9

Chan, Mary-Jean, 'Towards a Poetics of Racial Trauma: Lyric Hybridity in Claudia Rankine's Citizen', Journal of American Studies, 51.2 (2018), 137-163

Farred, Grant, 'Citizen, A Lyric Event', Diacritics, 45.4 (2017), 93-113

Foley, Abram, 'Claudia Rankine, Friedrich Nietzsche, and the Untimely Present, Symploke, 26.1-2 (2018), 225-236

Gilmore, Leigh, Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017)

Hume, Angela, 'Toward an Anti-Racist Ecopoetics: Waste and Wasting in the poetry of Claudia Rankine, Contemporary Literature, 57, 1 (2016), 79-110

Jones, Shermaine M., '"I CAN'T BREATHE!": Affective Asphyxia in Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric', South, 50.1 (2017), 37-45

Leong, Michael, 'Conceptualisms in Crisis: The Fate of Late Conceptual Poetry', Journal of Modern Literature, 41.3 (2018), 109-131

Love, Heather, 'Small Change: Realism, Immanence, and the Politics of the Micro', MLQ, 77.3 (2016), 419-445

Martin, Dawn Lundy, 'A Black Poetics: Against Mastery', Boundary 2, 44, 3 (2017), 159-163

Rankine, Claudia, '"The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning"',The New York Times Magazine (22 June 2015) <>

Thompson, Debra, 'An Exoneration of Black Rage', South Atlantic Quarterly, 116.3 (2017), 457-481 


William Wordsworth, The Two-Part Prelude(1799) 

Critical Editions

Wordsworth, William The Prelude, 1798-99, ed. by Stephen Parrish (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1977)

––––––––––,The Prelude, 1799, 1805, 1850, ed. by Jonathan Wordsworth, M.H. Abrams and Stephen Gill (New York and London: Norton, 1979)

––––––––––,The Pedlar; Tintern Abbey; The Two-Part Prelude, ed. by Jonathan Wordsworth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985)

––––––––––,The Prelude: The Four Texts (1798, 1799, 1805, 1850), ed. by Jonathan Wordsworth (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1995)

Secondary Reading

Bennett, Andrew, ed., William Wordsworth in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Bushell, Sally, 'Wordsworthian Composition: The Micro-Prelude', Studies in Romanticism, 44.3 (2005), 399-421

Collings, David, 'A Vocation of Error: Authorship as Deviance in the 1799 Prelude', Papers on Language & Literature, 29.2 (1993), 215-235

Fry, Paul, 'Time to Retire? Coleridge and Wordsworth Go to Work', The Wordsworth Circle, 41.1 (2010), 23-29

Gill, Stephen, William Wordsworth: 'The Prelude' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)

Gravil, Richard and Daniel Robinson, eds, The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2015)

Harshberger, Scott, 'Intimations of Neoteny': Play and God in Wordsworth's 1799 Prelude', Philosophy and Literature, 34.1 (2010), 112-130

Harvey, A.H. and Richard Gravil, eds, 'The Prelude': A Casebook (London: Macmillan, 1972)

Hegele, Arden, 'Romantic Autopsy in Wordsworth's Two-Part Prelude', European Romantic Review, 26.3 (2015), 341-348

Leader, Zachary, 'Wordsworth, Revision, and Personal Identity', ELH, 60.3 (1993), 651-683

Milnes, Tim, William Wordsworth 'The Prelude' (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Møller, Lis, 'The Metaphor of Memory in Wordsworth's Spots of Time', Orbis Litterarum, 69.2 (2014), 94-107

Smith, Mark J., '"Unrememberable" Sound in Wordsworth's 1799 Prelude', Studies in Romanticism, 42.4 (2003), 501-519

Taylor, Charles, Sources of the Self: The Making of Modern Identity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992)

Wolfson, Susan J. 'The Illusion of Mastery: Wordsworth's Revisions of "The Drowned Man of Esthwaite," 1799, 1805, 1850', PMLA, 99.5 (1984), 917-935

This list was last updated on 17/09/2019