L202 2135 LITERARY INTERPRETATION
1:10p-2:25p D (25 students) 3 cr., A&H, IW.
PREREQUISITE: COMPLETION OF THE ENGLISH COMPOSITION REQUIREMENT.
This course teaches the required skills for studying literature with pleasure and understanding. The course's focus is on the development of critical skills essential to active and intelligent participation in the interpretive process. This will be achieved through class discussion and focused writing assignments. Our class will read and study the three major genres of literature (poetry, drama, and fiction) along with a critical text that discusses and demonstrates active critical reading and the stages of writing about literature, and that offer specific instruction in writing about poetry, drama, and fiction. Assignments will likely consist of at least four short papers along with informal in-class writing, quizzes, and a midterm essay and final.
Possible texts: Literature, A Portable Anthology, edited by Janet E. Gardner
Writing About Literature: A Portable Guide, by Janet E. Gardner