Honors | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 5088 | Ed Comentale


So you want to be an English major? This class will introduce you to
the debates, issues, and expectations that shape literary studies
today. You will develop the basic skills of textual analysis by
working closely with poetry, short stories, novels, films, and
plays. You will explore the role of the literary critic, his or her
relationship to the text, the writer, other readers, and the world
at large.  Relatedly, you will consider the various uses of literary
criticism and the different political purposes that criticism has
served over time.  You will focus on current trends in contemporary
theory, looking carefully at how ethnicity, race, class, and gender
can affect writing and reading. Finally, you will hone your research
and writing abilities by exploring the various strategies toward
completing both short and long papers.  In this regard, you will
work both individually and in groups, with exercises, outlines,
drafts, and presentations.

You can expect readings to come from familiar and less familiar
locations from around the globe. We will work with a general poetry
reader that includes verse by John Donne, Emily Dickenson, T.S.
Eliot, and Derek Walcott; we will read plays by William Shakespeare,
Eugene O’Neill, and Harold Pinter, and we will most likely read
fiction by James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kate Atkinson, and
Salman Rushdie.