Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will focus on close reading of fiction, poetry, and drama. As an introductory course for literary studies major, 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.
Student Learning objectives:
Students will be able to read texts closely, think critically, and respond to texts in their writing assignments.
Students will be able to define and recognize elements of fiction, poetry, and drama.
Students will learn different methods of interpretation and analysis, both textual (elements the text uses to create meaning) and contextual (elements that are outside the text, but which also influence the analysis. Ex: biographical, historical, cultural, socio-political etc).
Students will learn to analyze literature as human experience, through authorial intention, and through a historical/ cultural lens.
Students will be able to construct effective written arguments with claims and evidence.
Students will be able to gather, incorporate, and interpret source material in their writing using MLA format.
Booth, Alison, and Kelly J. Mays, eds. The Norton Introduction to Literature: Portable 10th Edition. New York: Norton, 2011. Print.
Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray. New York: Dover Publications, 1993. Print.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Participation in daily in-class writing and discussion
2 exams on literary terms and history
2 literary analysis papers