English | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 6984 | Denise Cruz

Denise Cruz

PREREQUISITE:  Completion of the English Composition requirement.

Open to majors and declared minors only.

1:00p-2:15p TR (25 students) 3 cr. A&H. IW.

TOPIC:  “Literary Analysis and Ethnic Studies”

This course has three objectives. First and foremost, this class
will introduce you to literary genres (poetry, drama, and prose
fiction), to the skills you need to analyze different forms of
literature, and to the key terms we use in literary analysis
(ranging from sonnet structure to unreliable narrators). Second,
this class will provide an intellectual space in which you can
discuss formal, thematic, and cultural aspects of literary texts. We
will view all of our texts as cultural products, and we will think
critically about some of the ways in which literary works might be
responding to, commenting on, and even working against some of the
dominant assumptions of their time and ours. We will consider a wide
range of subjects—including racial and cultural identities,
formations of gender and sexuality, and resistance through literary
form. As the semester progresses, we will think about the following
key question: How does the form of a work enhance its project?
Finally, the third aim of this course is to develop your writing
skills. We will center on a specific genre of academic writing: the
argumentative analysis essay. The class’s assignments and workshop
will focus on writing a daring and debatable thesis, selecting and
analyzing evidence, writing effective sentences and paragraphs, and
revising your work.

Reading will include selections of poetry and short stories, Romeo
and Juliet, Maus, So Far From God, Beloved, and selected films.
Assignments will include three 5-page formal papers, shorter
analysis assignments, revisions, and informal blog postings.