English | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 2754 | Alyce Miller

Alyce Miller

10:20a-11:35a D (25 students) 3 cr.


Welcome to L202, Literary Interpretation.  This course will likely
be organized around a high-interest theme or series of themes that
will give us the chance to consider different angles on related
subjects.  Through close readings of a variety of literary genres
(e.g., poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama) and writers, we will
focus on developing interpretive methods and critical reading and
writing skills that will allow you to move beyond  “gut  responses”
to the works we read (“I hated this story,” “I loved this writer”)
to a more focused method of analysis.

The class will consist of a combination of lectures and student
discussion, so careful preparation and reading by all in advance
will be of utmost importance.

Assignments will consist of some or all of the following:  several
short written critical responses, both in and out of class, quizzes,
2 to 3 papers, and 1 to 2 exams.

Daily attendance and active participation are absolutely essential
to your success in the class.  L202 is an intensive writing course.
Please note that when you take this class in the compressed summer
format of 6 weeks, we meet 5 days a week.  Each day in the class is
equivalent to two and a half days in a regular semester, so you
should expect to spend a fair amount of time outside class, as well,
completing the reading and writing assignments.

Please take this into consideration as you arrange your summer work
and class schedule so you don’t overload yourself.