Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
What is literature? What should we read? How should we read, and why? These three questions may take the remainder of your literary career to answer, but we will begin exploring them in LIT 2341: Introduction to Literary Analysis. In this introductory course for literary studies majors, you will learn how to analyze, interpret, and respond critically to literature. You will be taught to analyze literature as a human experience, understand authorial intention, and read through historical/ cultural lenses. You will develop critical skills while writing interpretive essays. This course will provide you with the concepts, strategies, and skills you need to prepare for and succeed in higher level literature courses.
Booth, Allison. The Norton Introduction to Literature. Tenth Edition. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-393-93426-7
Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. New York: Penguin, 2006 or 2008. Please use the Penguin classics edition only. The Penguin Classics edition is also available for e-Readers, but make sure you purchase the correct edition. Check the ISBN.
Books are available at the UT-Dallas bookstore, at the Off-Campus bookstore, and online at retailers such as Amazon.com. You may be able to find used copies at reduced prices.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will be familiar with schools of criticism and understand that there are different ways to approach the same text.
Students will be able to make a text-based argument.
Students will be able to see a relationship between form and content. Does a complex thought require a complex sentence? Why is the text written as it is? What effect does style and diction have, not only on effect or setting, but on meaning?
Students will be able to identify and understand differences between genres. Why does it matter? How does it change how we read?