12:20p-1:10p MWF (25) 3 cr.
COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION. OPEN TO MAJORS ONLY. DECLARED MINORS
OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FROM BH402.
So you want to be an English major? This class will introduce you to
the debates, issues, and expectations that govern literary studies
today. We will explore the role of the literary critic, his or her
relationship to the text, the writer, other readers, and the world at
large. Similarly, we will consider the various uses of literary
criticism and the different political purposes that criticism has
served over time. We will also focus on currents in contemporary
theory, looking carefully at how ethnicity, race, class, and gender
can affect writing and reading. Students will develop the basic skills
of textual analysis by working closely with poetry, short stories,
novels, films, and plays. Readings will include literature produced
in unfamiliar contexts, which will serve to challenge and expand
already familiar resources. Students will hone their research and
writing abilities by exploring various strategies toward completing
both short and long papers. They will work individually and in
groups, with exercises, outlines, drafts, and presentations.
You can expect that most readings will come from the twentieth
century. Extended readings will likely include work by James Joyce,
Virginia Woolf, Salman Rushdie, and Irvine Welsh. For the later part
of the semester, we will select as a class several contemporary texts