Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Jones, Christine
Discipline and Number
LIT 2341 Section 001
MWF Time 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Course Title
Literary Analysis

Description of Course:

This course will focus on close reading of fiction, poetry, and drama. As an introductory course for literary studies majors, students will learn how to analyze, interpret, and respond critically to literature. The students will be taught to analyze literature as a human experience, understand authorial intention, and read through historical/ cultural lenses. Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical skills through the writing of interpretive/analytical essays. Students will read various genres of literature as well as literature from different time periods. Ultimately, students will learn to differentiate between these genres and how literature has changed over time. Also, students will encounter a range of themes and ideas that pertain to literature throughout the course. This course will provide students with strategies and skills to thrive in higher level literature courses.

Required Texts:

Booth, Alison and Kelly J. Mays. The Norton Introduction to Literature. Portable Tenth Edition. New York:W.W. Norton & Company, 2010.
ISBN-13: 978-0393911640

Wilde, Oscar. Picture of Dorian Gray. Dover Publications
ISBN: 9780486278070

Williams, Tennessee. Streetcar Named Desire (with Intro Miller)New Directions Publishing ISBN: 9780811216029

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

2 major tests
2 papers
Daily in-class writing
Engaged participation in class activity and discussion

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