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Literary Analysis

ENG 219W

Literary Analysis

ENG 219W

Course Description

Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 3 and any approved College Composition I course with a minimum grade of C. Surveys and practices methods of literary interpretation and appreciation, from the close reading strategies of New Criticism to the contemporary considerations of reader-response theory. Interpretive papers on particular works of fiction, poetry and drama are required. Credit may be earned in ENG 219W or LIT 219W but not both. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Analyze literature in the subject area.

Objectives:

  • Interpret the meanings of literary works using various theoretical approaches.
  • Identify various literary genres.
  • Demonstrate analytical understanding through writing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of literary devices such as plot, tone, character, setting, and theme.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the schools of literary criticism.
  • Articulate an interpretative response to literature.

Participate in writing to learn activities.

Objectives:

  • Articulate an interpretative response to literature and explain the premises and assumptions that underlie these interpretative responses.
  • Write a literary analysis that includes a clear thesis statement and uses academic sources to support this thesis statement.
  • Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  • Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  • Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.

Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and historical context for this body of literature.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the life of the author and the society in which he or she lives.
  • Discuss the relevancy of a literature to contemporary society.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of varying cultural identities.