L202 2053 SORENSEN
Literary Interpretation

11:15a-12:30p TR (25) 3 cr.

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

This introduction to the tools and methods of reading and writing about literature will provide students with a critical vocabulary through which to analyze literary form and meaning. We shall read a range of literary forms in poetry, fiction, and drama to acquire a set of terms that will allow us to identify and critique formal choices in literature. As we consider the formal aspects of the works we read, and as we discuss how form contributes to meaning, we shall be especially attentive to language. Beginning our analysis at the level of the word, we shall bear in mind the formal ambiguities and social histories behind words, and discuss the ways in which this knowledge might complicate our understanding of any text. We shall also think about language as we debate what makes a text “literary.” The overarching aim of the course is to become fluent in the formal technologies of literary texts and to foster confident, engaged writing about literature for the major and beyond.

Course requirements include enthusiastic participation in discussions (including ability to discuss and apply assigned key terms in class), perhaps a few quizzes, a mid-term examination, and several papers of varying lengths, all to total twenty five pages for this writing intensive course.