English | Literary Interpretation
L202 | 2134 | Christoph Irmscher
L202 2134 LITERARY INTERPRETATION
9:30a-10:20a D (25 students) 3 cr., A&H, IW.
PREREQUISITE: COMPLETION OF THE ENGLISH COMPOSITION REQUIREMENT
TOPIC: "Green Writing"
This course is designed to introduce you to some basic concepts in
the analysis of literary texts and to encourage you to think
creatively about individual works (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and
drama) from different periods of English and American literature.
Our main emphasis will be on texts that have an environmental
significance or reflect concepts of biodiversity. In the first half
of the class, the focus is on poetry, since shorter texts will give
us a better opportunity to practice and hone our critical skills.
We will move slowly (quality is more important than quantity), and
we will learn that in the analysis of literature no detail is
insignificant. Readings will include texts by Elizabeth Bishop,
Rachel Carson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Herman Melville, Aldo Leopold, and
You will be evaluated on your ability to read all assigned texts
thoroughly and thoughtfully, to share your opinion of these texts in
class, and to express your views succinctly and coherently in
writing. If you are interested, we will leave some time for
original work by participants. My main ambition will be to help you
acquire confidence in your argumentative abilities as good and
efficient readers of literary texts. The occasional inclusion of
suitable critical contexts (in the shape of "secondary" essays or
reviews) will enable you to identify some major critical approaches
and balance your views against those of other critics.