English | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 1861 | Nash


2:30p-3:45p TR (25) 3 cr.

COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION. OPEN TO MAJORS
ONLY. DECLARED MINORS OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION
FROM BH402.

This class will be concerned with questions about the nature and
practice of literary interpretation, and we will consider various
answers through reading, writing, and class discussion. Students
are encouraged to keep a journal for this class in which they record
responses to literary as well as to interpretive works. In addition,
they will be required to hand in one-page response papers at the
beginning of each reading assignment. We will discuss and
examine various poems or short stories (many of which you may
already be familiar with) in conjunction with several competing
interpretations in order to clarify our understanding of the various
aims and methods of literary interpretation. We are also likely to
read longer and less well-known literary texts, and consider some
larger questions of literary theory. This will lead us to call into
question some of our received ideas, while enabling us to test our
methods of literary interpretation on a broader range of texts.