This course will introduce you to the English major and provide the tools you will need to succeed in upper-division literature classes. We will cover the basic terms and strategies for effective interpretation of all three major literary genres — poetry, drama, and fiction. We’ll also gain practice at writing a variety of types of papers about literature.
Course goals: In this course, you will
- read a diverse array of poems, plays, and short stories.
- discuss these works in class, raising and responding to questions.
- study the three genres of poetry, drama, and fiction from the standpoint of form, learning key terms for discussing such matters as poetic meter, dramatic structure, and fictional point of view.
- write about literary texts both informally and formally, responding to the day’s reading in a more informal manner and constructing longer papers that present arguments with clear thesis statements.
- work on all stages of the writing process, from formulating an idea to constructing an argument to revising.