L202 2050 WOODCOCK
Literary Interpretation

9:30a-10:45a TR (25) 3 cr.

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

In this course we will study a variety of literary genres and interpretive schemes, all with the goal of making you a more sophisticated and confident reader and writer. We will read both classic and contemporary works of short fiction and poetry, and we will include a contemporary work of nonfiction, as well (Susanne Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted). We will study a contemporary novel (Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient) and a classic play (Shakespeare's Hamlet) along with their film adaptations. We will read closely for things like form and style and more widely for history and social issues. We will take discussion seriously, as an oral form of interpretation that reveals differences in perspective in instructive ways. There will be a number of short writing exercises and three or four longer papers of 4-6 pages.