5:45p-7:00p TR (25) 3 cr.
COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION. OPEN TO MAJORS ONLY. DECLARED MINORS
OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FROM BH402.
L202 introduces methods of close reading, critical analysis, and the
enjoyments of reading. We'll learn how to write critical essays. The
course aims at introducing various literary kinds or genres, including
fiction, drama, and poetry. Our course will do that, and we'll also
have a running set of general thematic orientations or concerns.
These might be characterized as the "Don Quixote problem." We'll look
at characters who read or use books, who are motivated by what they
read, and who then try to go beyond their own reading. Novels in the
course will include two by Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom
Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This pairing
gives us "romance" and "realism" in tandem, and it allows us to ask
what common ground they share. In drama, we'll also deal with some
bookish protagonists who make wider applications in the world. Texts
will include Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and Shakespeare's The
Tempest. We'll also read from a poetry anthology.
Students will write a series of brief informal working papers, plus
four longer (6-plus pages). Regular attendance is expected. There
will be a midterm and a final.