English | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 2169 | Sterrenburg


L202 2169 STERRENBURG
Literary Interpretation

7:15p-8:30p TR (20) 3 CR.

OPEN TO HONORS STUDENTS ONLY. COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION. OBTAIN
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L202 provides an introduction to reading, studying, writing about,
and appreciating the major kinds of literature, including fiction,
drama, and poetry.  Our section for Fall, 2003, will have a mode and
theme focus upon humor, comedy, and parody.  I have not yet worked
out the entire syllabus.  As I now foresee them, the course readings
will probably include selections from the Oxford Book of Comic
Verse, the Penguin Book of Nonsense Verse, the Penguin Book of
Women's Humor, and perhaps the CD Classic Comic Verse.   Drama may
include Shaw's Pygmalion and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's
Dream.  Fiction may include readings from Mark Twain, including such
short fiction pieces as the "Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras
County" and "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg," and his mock epic
narrative of heaven and the afterlife, "Captain Stormfield's Visit
to Heaven."  We'll also read Mark Twain's retellings of the Adam and
Eve and the invention of language and naming stories in The Bible
According to Mark Twain.  Another reading will probably be Lewis
Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.  There may be one comic
film, as yet undecided.  We'll think about such things as voice,
irony, word play, comedy, and parodies of other genres or kinds of
writing.

The class meetings will be mostly discussion.  Students will write a
series of brief (circa one paragraph to one page) informal working
papers, plus a series of four (circa five to six page) literary
critical essays.   Regular attendance is required.  No mid-term or
final exam.  In-class quizzes and other exercises are a possibility