Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will focus on close reading of fiction, poetry, and drama. As an introductory course for literary studies majors, students will learn how to analyze, interpret, and respond critically to literature. The students will be taught to analyze literature as a human experience, understand authorial intention, and read through historical/cultural lenses. Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical skills through the writing of interpretive/analytical essays. Students will read various genres of literature as well as literature from different time periods. Ultimately, students will learn to differentiate between these genres and how literature has changed over time. Also, students will encounter a range of themes and ideas that pertain to literature throughout the course. This course will provide students with strategies and skills to thrive in higher level literature courses.
Mays, Kelly J., ed. The Norton Introduction to Literature: Portable Eleventh Edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2013.
Gaines, Ernest J. A Gathering of Old Men. New York: Vintage Books, 1992.
Morrison, Toni. A Mercy. New York: Vintage Books, 2009.
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