Honors | English
L202 | 1987 | Rieselbach
In L202 we read, discuss, and write about a variety of works of poetry,
prose fiction, and drama. Although we discuss various critical approaches
to literary interpretation, our focus is on your own response to the work
under consideration. Possible texts: R.V. Cassill, ed. The Norton
Anthology of Short Fiction, Fourth edition (shorter version); X.L.
Kennedy, ed., An Introduction to Poetry, Shakespeare's, King Lear and
Othello, Harold Pinter's, Betrayal, Joseph Conrad's, Heart of Darkness,
Jane Smiley's, A Thousand Acres
This course emphasizes intensive reading as well as intensive writing, but
reading assignments will not be lengthy. You will be expected to read
deeply and carefully in preparation for writing your essays. PLEASE READ
THE ASSIGNED MATERIAL BEFORE COMING TO CLASS.
There will be six short (3-5 page) papers due at approximately two-week
intervals. There may also be some in-class assignments. There is no final
exam. YOU MUST WRITE ALL ASSIGNED PAPERS.
This is a discussion course, and your final grade will be determined by
your contribution to the class discussion as well as by your written work.
Class participation will count for approximately thirty percent of the
final grade. You will be asked to lead class discussion on occasion,
usually in the company of one or more of your peers. (You WILL be warned
of this in advance).