ENGL 112
Introduction to Literary Criticism Fall 2017
Division I Writing Skills
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What determines meaning? How we interpret is inevitably inflected by our own priorities and 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 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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1818
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: four papers rising from 2 to 6 pages, regular short reading response papers, and contributions to class discussions
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level ENGL course
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills

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