English | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 2926 | Michael Adams
L202 LITERARY INTERPRETATION
PREREQUISITE: Completion of the English Composition requirement.
Open to majors and declared minors only.
2926 - 10:10a-11:00a MWF (25 students) 3 cr., A&H, IW.
Literary Interpretation is (supposed to be) the beginning of your
career as an English major, one in which you practice attentive
reading and thoughtful interpretation, pushing beyond what’s said
literally or what happens in a poem or story to problems of literary
value and purpose. The course serves as an introduction to several
genres of literature and should help you to read works in those
genres proficiently (perhaps even with pleasure) throughout your
college career and, perhaps, throughout life. We will range widely
over poetry in English (our earliest poem dates from about 1400, the
latest from 2008), read a play (Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s
Dream), a number of short stories, and two short novels (Robert
Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped and Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin
Suicides). Throughout the term, members of the class will “present”
poems of their own choosing (that is, poems not on the syllabus),
reading them and commenting on them for a few minutes. English L202
is an intensive writing course, an opportunity to cultivate good
writing as well as good reading and especially to discover the
relationship between the two. Members of this class will write three
short essays (7-8 pages), each of which will undergo revision, as
well as a final examination.