Fall 2019 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Close reading is an invaluable skill within both the context of a university and everyday life as it determines the manner in which we take in, think about, and respond to the world around us. This course seeks to give students the potential to build upon close reading skills they already practice everyday by introducing them to the terminology of close reading and applying close reading across a variety of genres. We will read closely in such genres as poetry, short stories, novels, and graphic novels, with an eye toward how the close reading skills learned in the classroom may also benefit students throughout their lives.
Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
Frank Miller, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Selected poems and short stories will be placed on e-reserve. This course will potentially also incorporate selections from a cinematic adaptation of Death of a Salesman, and Blade Runner.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Presentation on an instance of close reading in everyday life
Several short in-class writings
Close reading analysis paper