English | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 0247 | Newlyn

1:10p-2:25p D (25) 3 cr.
This course is designed to introduce methods of reading, interpreting, and writing about literary texts. Through class discussion and preparation of informal and formal (i.e. more polished and longer) pieces of interpretive writing, we will develop critical concepts and a critical vocabulary and discourse that will be the basis for taking more advanced courses in literature. This course emphasizes the traditions of close reading. We will also discuss, toward the end of the course, two theoretical approaches to literature (feminist theory and critical race studies), examining how critical approaches yield different meanings depending upon the theoretical lens through which a text is viewed.

Tentative Reading List:
Ann and Samuel Charters, eds., Literature and Its Writers: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1997
Kelley Griffith, Writing Essays about Literature: A Guide and Style Sheet (1998)
Samuel Clemens, Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins (1980)
(Norton Critical Edition)
Kate Chopin, The Awakening and Selected Stories(1984) (Penguin Edition)