L202 7231 LITERARY INTERPRETATION
PREREQUISITE: Completion of the English Composition requirement.
Open to majors and declared minors only.
10:10a-11:00a MWF (25 students) 3 cr. A&H, IW.
In this course, we will define and practice “interpretation” with the aim of helping you analyze literature with greater insight and persuasiveness. In particular, we will spend much time discussing how to write about literature, so that you will grow more able to compose thoughtful, well-supported studies of such works. Our class format will be almost entirely discussion. For the most part, reading selections will consist of poems and short stories, though we will also read at least one play and Cormac McCarthy’s recent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Road. Required writing will include three formal papers (approx. 5 pages each) and several brief, informal exercises.