English | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 6797 | Penelope Anderson

Penelope Anderson

PREREQUISITE:  Completion of the English Composition requirement.

6797 - 11:15a-12:30p TR (25 students) 3 cr. A&H, IW.

TOPIC:  "Real and Imagined Worlds"

What counts as a literary argument?  What kinds of evidence does
literary argumentation require?  What makes some interpretations
more compelling than others (and do all strong interpretations work
in the same ways)?  As a means of proposing some answers to these
questions, we will explore a wide historical and generic range of
texts that describe and create real or fantastical places.  Texts
for the course will include a variety of lyric poetry, some of your
own choosing; As You Like It by William Shakespeare; Marat/Sade by
Peter Weiss (which we will also see in IUís production); Mrs.
Dalloway by Virginia Woolf; and Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa
Lahiri.  We will also read some other texts that we choose
together.  By looking at these textsí evocation of the extraordinary
and the implausible, we will articulate the grounds of persuasion
and proof.

This course is designed to sharpen your critical reading skills
through in-depth analysis of poetry, drama, and fiction and to
improve your writing skills so that you can articulate those
interpretations clearly, grammatically, and persuasively.
Consequently, this course is writing-intensive:  you will be writing
and revising every week, in class and out of it.  Class requirements
include mandatory attendance, active participation, and the
willingness to engage actively and respectfully with course texts
and with varying interpretations.