English | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 2166 | Kilgore


L202 2166 KILGORE
Literary Interpretation

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

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

In this class you will learn the basic tools of literary analysis
and criticism from the level of the word to the trope to the
metaphor and beyond.  We will hone our close reading skills by
analyzing poetry, short stories, novels, plays, and sequential art.
Within these genres we will explore how the historical experience of
ethnicity, race and gender, both of the author and reader, influence
interpretation.  We will also be concerned with how writers use and
critique each other's work and the function of literary criticism.
Reading will include texts by Sendak, Gorey, Conrad, Achebe,
Hansberry and Arthur Miller.  Required course work will include
three formal papers (3-6 pages) that will be graded, classroom work
with drafts and frequent informal exercises that will not be graded
but must be handed in at semester's end as part of a portfolio, one
team project, active and informed classroom participation and
attendance.