L202 2080 STERRENBURG
Literary Interpretation

9:30a-1045a TR (25) 3 cr.

COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION. OPEN TO MAJORS ONLY. DECLARED MINORS OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FROM BH442.

Our L202 will mostly use the interpretative apparatus and texts in The Bedford Introduction to Literature. We do units on fiction, poetry, and drama. We work up the "tool kit" of interpretive moves for each of these kinds of writing. The Bedford Anthology introduces elements of fiction like plot, character, setting, style, tone, and irony along with good literary examples. The anthology then provides sustained case studies from William Faulkner, Alice Munro, and others, plus an intriguing collection of stories. This configuration with its introductory terms, sustained examples, and diverse collection occurs again with poetry. The sustained poetry examples include Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Langston Hughes. Our incursion into drama will include Ibsen's A Doll House and Shakespeare's The Tempest. The anthology also has a good introduction on romance, and we'll refer back to romance conventions at various junctures in the course. We will probably also read one novel, to be decided later.

L202 is an intensive writing course. Students write a series of four short (5-6 page) papers, plus a retrospective commentary and statement of interest about those essays. We'll also write a series of short paragraph (to page length) informal response papers. There will also be some quizzes on the materials read for the course. Class sessions are conducted mostly as discussion. Regular attendance is expected and required.