English | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 1988 | Kilgore


11:15a-12:30p TR (25) 3 cr

COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION. OPEN TO MAJORS ONLY.  DECLARED MINORS
OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FROM BH402.

In this class you will learn the basic tools of literary analysis and
criticism from the level of the word to the trope to the metaphor and
beyond.  We will hone our close reading skills by analyzing poetry, short
stories, novels, and plays.  Within these genres we will explore how the
historical experience of ethnicity, race and gender, both of the author
and reader, influence interpretation.  We will also be concerned with how
writers use and critique each other's work and the function of literary
criticism.   Reading will include texts by Sendak, Conrad, Achebe,
Shakespeare and Coltrane.  Required course work will include three formal
papers (5-6 pages) that will be graded, classroom work with drafts and
frequent informal exercises that will not be graded but must be handed in
at semester's end as part of a portfolio.