L202 2048 BOLZ
Literary Interpretation

2:30p-3:20p MWF (25) 3 cr. BOLZ (description below)

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

This course is designed to be a "gateway" course for English majors and those contemplating an English major. As such, the course will concentrate on training you in the reading and writing skills to be used in all of your remaining English courses. You will be interpreting a well as life writing (autobiography primarily); we will debate whether this last type of writing should be considered a full-fledged genre of literature. Although we will discuss various critical approaches to literary interpretation, most of the class will be devoted to close readings of texts, discussions of the literature we read, and participation in writing workshops to revise and improve drafts of essays.

L202 is a writing-intensive course where students will read and critique one another's drafts in workshop sessions throughout the term.

The ultimate goal of this course is to train students to be the kind of readers who write in the margins of their texts, who respond productively to literary texts and organize those responses in convincing and intelligent writing. As such, the act of questioning will be central to the course: What kind of questions should be asked of literary texts? What kind of answers can a reader anticipate? How do these useful questions emerge from the process of reading?

Required Texts:
Hodges, John C., et al. Harbrace College Handbook. 14th ed. Ft. Worth Harcourt Brace, 2001
Beaty, Jerome, et al. The Norton Introduction to Literature, 8th ed. New York: Norton, 2001.
Course packet from Mr. Copy, located at the corner of 10th and Dunn