English | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 1862 | Kilgore


4:00-5:15p TR (25) 3 cr.

OPEN TO MAJORS ONLY. DECLARED MINORS OBTAIN
AUTHORIZATION FROM BH402.

SPECIAL TOPIC: THE TACTICS OF INTERPRETATION

In this class we will study the basic tools of literary analysis and
criticism from the level of the word to the trope to the metaphor
and beyond. We will hone our close reading skills by analyzing
poetry, short stories, novels, lyrics, speeches, and plays. Within
these genres we will explore how the historical experience of
ethnicity, race, and gender, both of author and reader, influences
interpretation. We will also be concerned with how writers use and
critique each other's work and the function of literary criticism.
Reading will include texts by Sendak, Conrad, Achebe,
Shakespeare, and Coltrane. Required course work will include
three formal papers (3-5 pages) that will be graded and frequent
informal exercises that will not be graded but must be handed in at
semester's end as part of a portfolio.