Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Literature opens our eyes to the world around us and allows us to see not only how we see the world, but also to understand how others view the world. In this introductory course for literary studies majors, we will focus on specific literary genres in order to examine how authors use the literary form to make sense of their world. Students will learn the analytical skills of close reading, literary interpretation, and how to build a text-based argument in order to uncover meaning found in literary texts. This course is an introduction to literary analysis and will introduce students to the skills necessary for literary scholarship. In this class, students will learn how to analyze literature and interact with the historical and cultural discourses literary texts engage. This course will introduce students to various schools of literary criticism from which they can approach a literary text. Students will demonstrate such critical-thinking skills through interpretive and analytical essays. This course will provide students with the concepts, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in upper-division literature courses.
Mays, Kelly, ed. The Norton Introduction to Literature: Portable Eleventh Edition. New
York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-393-92339-1.
Stoker, Bram. Dracula, Nina Auerbach, ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1996.
NORTON SPECIAL BUNDLED EDITION OF BOTH BOOKS: ISBN: 978-0-393-27521-6
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Essay Drafts 5%
Midterm Exam 15%
Final Exam 20%
Paper #1 15%
Paper #2 20%