Honors | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 2169 | Sterrenberg


7:15-8:30P TR  BH229

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 all
the 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.