Reader and Text is the website of SUNY Geneseo’s introductory course for English majors. It’s part of the English @ SUNY Geneseo network of sites, which provides a platform for Geneseo students and faculty in English and related disciplines to work in public and share ideas across the boundaries of individual classes.

Each section of the course Reader and Text has its own subtitle, and the syllabus varies from section to section, but all sections are designed to help students

  • develop a working vocabulary for analyzing texts and relating texts to contexts;
  • understand the theoretical questions that inform all critical conversations about textual meaning and value; and
  • participate competently, as writers, in the ongoing conversation about texts and theory that constitutes English as a field of study.

If you’re a member of the SUNY Geneseo community with a registered account on English @ SUNY Geneseo, you’re welcome to join the open group Reader and Text; you don’t have to be taking the course of the same name to join the group and contribute to the blog here. All you need to do is respect the blogging guidelines and the other members of the community.

If you’re just passing through and curious about what we’re doing here, we hope you find the content interesting and engaging. You’re welcome to comment on blogposts even if you don’t have an account, provided that you follow the same imperative as the bloggers themselves: be respectful. Comments are moderated, and they won’t be published if they disregard this simple rule.

Header image photo credit: The Research Room at the New York Public Library in 2006, by Diliff [GFDL or CC BY 2.5 ], from Wikimedia Commons