L202 4335 MC DOWELL
Literary Interpretation

9:30a-10:20a D (25) 3 cr.


Virtually every human endeavor carries with it a set of tools and a vocabulary describing its operations, and interpreting literature is no different. The purpose of this course is to familiarize you with the terminology that literary critics use and the practices they engage in. We will read a variety of poems, short fiction, and plays with an eye toward acquiring a better understanding of how they function, what they mean, and how they affect us (or are supposed to affect us). We also will learn what different ways of reading help us to see and do and what they limit us in seeing and doing. In this way, the course will help you become more insightful readers of literature, more easily able to appreciate this important form of human expression.