*Satisfies COAS AHLA Requirement* This is an introductory course to methods of literary analysis and interpretation. It is required of all Comparative Literature majors and recommended for students in other fields who are interested in the study of literature and in developing the ability to think critically and analytically through various genres. Students will be introduced to basic concepts and approaches employed in literary criticism through close readings of individual texts of lyric poetry, drama, short fiction, and novels. We will focus our attention on major authors such as Keats, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Williams, Ibsen, Faulkner, Tolstoy, Conrad, Flaubert, Chopin, Woolf, Kafka, Borges, and Barthes. Students will be required to write a number of written exercises in addition to two short papers (3-4 pages) and a longer paper (4-5 pages), as well as some quizzes on relevant literary terms. In addition to the previously mentioned authors, the following books will constitute the backbone of our course: Abram, M.H., A Glossary of Terms Alterbernd, L., Anthology: An Introduction to Literature Scholes, Robert et al., Text Book: An Introduction to Literary Language