Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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

Description of Course:

This course will focus on close reading of fiction, poetry, and drama. As an introduction for literary studies majors, students will learn how to analyze, interpret, and respond critically to literature. The material covered includes: the formal elements of literature, literature as a human experience, and literature as seen through historical/cultural lenses. Students will encounter a range of themes and ideas as they read various genres of literature as well as literature from different time periods. Ultimately, students will learn how literature has changed over time. Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical skills through the writing of interpretive/analytical essays. This course will provide students with strategies and skills to thrive in higher-level literature courses.

Required Texts:

Booth, Alison, and Kelly J. Mays, eds. The Norton Introduction to Literature: Portable 10th Edition. New York: Norton, 2010 Print. ISBN: 9780393911640 

Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction. New York: Barnes Noble, 2008. Print. ISBN: 9781593081232

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be required to submit two major papers and complete midterm and final exams.

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