Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Simmons, Kyle
Discipline and Number
LIT 2341 Section 501
TR Time 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Literary Analysis

Description of Course:

This course approaches the analysis of literature (fiction, poetry, and drama) in specific thematic categories: “Literature as Experience,” “The Vocabulary/Formal Elements of Literature,” and “Literature as a Representation of Human Actions.” The successful navigation of these approaches to literature requires an understanding of authorial intention, differences in genres, critical analysis (to include explication of ideas, scansion of poetry, and annotation of texts), plus, consistent close-readings (the interpretive examination of connotations and implications beyond the surface meaning to ascertain deeper/larger significance of ideas). In this course we will seek educated and informed interpretations and conclusions of various literary genres, allowing the work itself to guide our analysis through sincere interrogation and reflective considerations of symbols, motifs, forms, characterization, settings, images, language, patterns, archetypes, audience, and more.

Required Texts:

TBD and posted on CourseBook in a syllabus by mid-December.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

TBD and posted on CourseBook in a syllabus by mid-December.

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