L202 9078 LITERARY INTERPRETATION
1:00p-2:15p TR (25 students) 3 cr., A&H, IW.
This course is an introduction to the study of literature in English, and it is designed for English majors and minors. We will study examples of fiction, poetry, and drama (including film) from a range of historical periods, in part for the purpose of developing skills in literary analysis, in part as a basis for gaining familiarity with some of the variety of critical approaches available to literary practitioners. Most important of all, this is an introduction to the practice of writing about literature, and there will be considerable emphasis on developing competence in written analysis. Thus, there will be frequent writing assignments, as should be expected in an Intensive Writing course. Discussion in class will be an important component of the course, and so attendance will be mandatory. There will be frequent quizzes, but no exams. Novels to be read will probably include Cather, O Pioneers! , Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.