English | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 9075 | Ann-Marie Dunbar
L202 9075 LITERARY INTERPRETATION
PREREQUISITE: Completion of the English Composition requirement.
Open to majors and declared minors only.
12:20p-1:10p MWF (25 students) 3 cr., A&H, IW.
To read is to be “wrenched and uprooted,” according to Virginia
Woolf, yet this is precisely the opposite of the idea with which
many of us read today to be able to identify. If the end of reading
literature is pleasure, as Woolf must have believed it was, how is
this pleasure experienced and what is the nature of it? This course
will address both the assumptions that we bring to our reading of
literature and the pleasures that come with even the most
disorienting of reading experiences. The course will consider the
three major genres of literature—prose, drama, and poetry—in the
context of the literary conventions, narrative, language practices,
and historical connections of texts. Writing for the course will
include four papers and short response pieces. There will be a final