Literary Analysis and Interpretation
Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00-12:20. Language 219
Office Hours: T, TR 12:30-1:30 (And by appointment)
Office 106 Auditorium
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This course is meant to introduce students to various aspects of literary criticism and analysis, with a special emphasis on a kind of worldly engagement with the texts. By worldly engagement, I mean simply that our scholarly work need not only engage with the texts alone but should have some bearing on the world outside the academy. This connection with the outside world is absolutely crucial if we believe that humanities and humanistic education can make a difference in the world.
Over the course of this semester we will read various primary texts and various theoretical works in order to enable ourselves to perform culturally and politically engaged readings and writings.
This is a reading and writing intensive course and I hope you all come prepared to have informed and exciting discussions about the texts and about the world.
Eagleton, Terry. Literary Theory: An Introduction, 2nd Edition.
Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. Norton Critical Edition.
Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea (Novel). Norton Critical Edition.
- Poetry Selections (Will be handed out in the first week of semester)
- Brief description of various critical approaches.
- Example: New Criticism.
You are expected to come prepared for class: This involves reading the assigned texts, listening carefully to your peers, and contributing your views in a collegiate and stimulating way. Attendance is mandatory.
Distribution of Points:
Journals 200 Points
Weekly Quiz 100 Points
Class Participation 100 Points
Mid Term exam 300 Points
Total 1000 Points
YOU MUST FINISH ALL MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS TO PASS THE COURSE
As this is a course based on a discussion format, your thoughtful participation is essential to the success of the class. I encourage collegiate, open, and thought-provoking class discussions. Remember, we are all here to learn, so let us share our ideas and knowledge to make this class into a dynamic learning experience.
Term Paper: (Guide)
The final term paper will be due on the last day of class. The paper should be 12-15 pages, with a clearly defined thesis and a coherent argument using one or two of the theoretical approaches discussed in class. I would encourage you to choose your topic early and do extensive research. I will be available to assist during all stages of your research and composition process.
You are expected to attend the class regularly. You will be in the danger of failing the course if you miss more than FOUR class sessions.
Please contact me and bring me the necessary documentation if you would like me to make extra arrangements of for any disabilities.
F Less than 600 Points