The goal of ENGL 5908 is to familiarize the student with the research activity necessary for composing a journal article. ENGL 5908 accordingly results in the production of a scholarly essay of a length roughly commensurable with periodical publication and concludes with a peer-review process in the form of an oral examination. Two faculty members read the essay and examine the student in the oral. The research essay must present a coherent and intelligent scholarly argument supplemented by appropriate historical, theoretical, and critical contextualization.