English | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 4866 | Ranu Samantrai

Ranu Samantrai

11:15a-12:30p TR (25 students) 3 cr., A&H, IW.  PREREQUISITE:
Completion of the English composition requirement.

Open to majors and declared minors only.

This course teaches the skills required for studying literature with
understanding and pleasure. Drawing upon poetry, plays, and novels
from different periods and different regions of the English-speaking
world, we will identify the basic building blocks of literary
writing and develop the tools we need to analyze them.  These tools
will include close reading, scansion, understanding literary
devices, understanding generic conventions, situating literature in
historical context, and learning from literary critics and
theorists.  In short, the course seeks to help students become
perceptive readers equipped with the necessary vocabulary and
techniques to take on complex texts.  Readings likely will include
works by Joseph Conrad, Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie, and Christina
Rossetti, and a poetry reader that will range from William Blake to
David Byrne, from Gwendolyn Brooks to Gerard Manley Hopkins, and
from John Milton to Sylvia Plath.  Assignments will likely consist
of 3 short papers with drafts, a fair amount of informal writing,
presentations, and group editorial work.