English | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 2506 | Dana Anderson
L202 2506 LITERARY INTERPRETATION
10:20a-11:35a D (25 students) 3 cr., A&H, IW.
PREREQUISITE: Completion of the English Composition requirement.
TOPIC: “Bigger than Ourselves”
This course will help you develop the critical skills necessary for
interpreting, discussing, and writing about literary texts. To that
end, we will learn and practice strategies for appreciating a wide
range of genres (including poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction)
from across an equally wide range of historical periods. Our texts
will be focused around the theme of how people envision, address,
engage, and cope with forces much larger than they are. These could
be institutional/governmental forces, forces of nature, divine or
spiritual forces—you’ll just have to join us to see how gloriously
varied the possibilities are.
Much of the work of this course will be carried on through class
discussion and other class activities, so regular attendance and
participation are expected. Assignments will consist of quizzes,
several smaller microthemes, three shorter, formal papers, and a