L202 2081 WOODCOCK
Literary Interpretation

1:00p-2:15p TR (25) 3 cr.

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

This course will introduce a variety of literary genres and interpretive schemes, all with the goal of making you a more sophisticated, active, and confident reader and writer. I have not decided on specific works, but we will read both “classic” and contemporary works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. We will study one novel along with its film adaptation, at which point we will consider visual as well as verbal literacy. We will read closely for things like form and style and more widely for history and current social issues. We will take discussion seriously, as an oral form of interpretation that highlights differences in perspective in instructive ways. There will be frequent short writing exercises, both creative and critical, and three or four longer (4-6 pages) papers. There will be frequent in-class exercises in which you will be asked to demonstrate your understanding of basic terms and ideas.