Summer 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Bolt Caroline
Discipline and Number
LIT 2341 Section 05A
MW Time 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Course Title
Literary Analysis

Description of Course:

LIT 2341 is an introductory course for “literary studies” majors. As well as discussing practical strategies for succeeding as a student of literature, we will address the following overarching questions: How do we as contemporary readers experience literature, and do our expectations help or hinder us in our understanding of texts from other time periods? How does a text represent human action? How important is authorial intention? And how can a literary work reflect a cultural/historical perspective? This course will focus on literary language, including the vocabulary of generic conventions and the vocabulary of formal elements used in close readings. We will analyze poetry, two novels, and one play, as well as supplementary articles assigned in class.

Required Texts:

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
The Rivals, Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Rasselas, Samuel Johnson

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Two tests (including the final)
Two five-page papers

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