Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
In today’s world, we are often faced with the question: why read, study, and write about literature? Literature not only awakens our awareness to the complexity of language, but it allows us to view how we all uniquely engage with the world around us. Since this is an introductory course for literary studies majors, we will focus on a close reading of fiction, poetry, and drama. Reacting to the human experience, students will learn how to analyze, interpret, and respond critically to literature. Students will examine the way the formal elements of literature contribute to its meaning and they will read through historical and cultural lenses. Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical skills through the writing of interpretive and analytical essays. Ultimately, students will learn to distinguish different genres and examine how literature has changed over time. Also, students will encounter a variety of themes and ideas that collectively pertain to literature. This course will provide students with strategies and skills to succeed in higher level literature courses.
Booth, Alison, and Kelly J. Mays, eds. The Norton Introduction to Literature: Portable 10th Edition. New York: Norton, 2011. Print. ISBN: 9780393911640
Chopin, Kate. The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2003. Print. ISBN: 9781593080013
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