ENGL 112 Fall 2013 Introduction to Literary Criticism (W)

What determines meaning? How we interpret is inevitably inflected by our own preoccupations, by the contexts in which we read, by the literary and other conventions influencing a work and by the historical and personal circumstances of its composition, as well as deriving from the particular words of a text and from the mutable life of language itself. So how to go about the task of reading literature well, and reading critically? This course will focus on key introductory methods and critical approaches, and is intended both to develop your skills in reading, writing about, discussing and interpreting literary texts. Our readings--mainly short fiction and poetry, along with selected introductory work in critical theory--will invite increased self-consciousness about literary form, the functions of criticism, and the process of reading and interpretation. In the last weeks of the course, we will read longer texts, including at least one play and one novel.
Class Format: discussion/seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: four papers rising from 2 to 6 pages, and regular short reading response papers; active participation in class discussions
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level English course
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1620
ENGL112-01(F) SEM Intro to Literary Criticism (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive James L. Pethica
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Hopkins 401 1620
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