Rod Taylor

9:30a-10:45a TR (25 students) 3 cr. A&H, IW.

L202 is, in many ways, a “gateway” course for English majors. To that end, this class is designed to help you develop the skills of close textual analysis. Its aims are two-fold: To prepare you to read carefully, analyze thoughtfully, and write carefully about literary texts (poetry, fiction, and drama), and to provide you with an overview of basic literary forms and techniques. Additionally, since this course fulfills an Intensive Writing requirement, there will be frequent writing assignments, including an argumentative essay, a series of one-page responses (microthemes), a poetry portfolio, and a creative writing assignment. We will work towards these goals while reading a variety of short stories, poems, and dramatic works, as well as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.