English | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 5089 | George Hutchinson

Literary Interpretation

9:30a-10:45a TR (25 students) 3 CR. - Satisfies A&H Distribution

College intensive writing section. Open to majors declared minors

As the title suggests, this course will introduce students to
processes of literary interpretation.  The primary aim is to prepare
student to respond intelligently and actively to literary texts,
orally and in writing, with a knowledge of basic forms and
techniques of literary expression.  The course is organized by
genre, and by the end of each unit I hope you will feel more
confident in your ability to ask significant questions of poems,
plays, or stories and to get greater enjoyments from them by
recognizing the distinctness of their effects and strategies.  We
will also consider, particularly toward the end of the semester, the
virtues of different theoretical starting points of critical
analysis, to appreciate how different ways of approaching literary
interpretation yield different insights, and thus raise the question
of how to choose between different interpretive strategies.  Since
this is a writing intensive course, students will be expected to do
a fair amount of writing, formally and informally.