L202 1920 KILGORE
Literary Interpretation

1:00p-2:15p TR (20) 3 cr.

COLLEGE INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION. OPEN TO HONORS STUDENTS ONLY. OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FROM THE HONORS COLLEGE, 324 N. JORDAN AVE.

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, plays, and sequential art. 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, Gorey, Conrad, Achebe, Hansberry and Arthur Miller. Required course work may 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.