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Literary Analysis

Course NumberENG 219W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: 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

Differentiate between various genres of literature.
  1. Cite different methods of communication in poems, stories, and plays.
  2. Recognize different effects produced by writers of these different genres.

Analyze literary works through recognition of their literary techniques.
  1. Identify particular use of literary devices such as symbol, metaphor, and irony.
  2. Compose an analytical paper explaining the craft of a story.

Augment their understanding of a literary work with research information.
  1. Locate pertinent research information and synthesizing that with their interpretation and understanding of the work.
  2. Compose an analytical paper that incorporates research information about a literary work.

Interpret the "meanings" of literary works, based on their understanding of thematic considerations.
  1. Assemble the various elements of the story to synthesize a particular interpretation.
  2. Summarize their understanding of a work's meaning and composing their interpretation in a paper.

Integrate the world of the literary work with their own world as they perceive it.
  1. Identify parallels between the literary world as the writer presents it and their own experience of reality.
  2. Judge the applicability of the "truths" of the work to their understanding of the world and themselves.

Differentiate between and among several interpretive approaches, such as the Formalist, New Critical, Rhetorical, Transactional, and Psychoanalytic.
  1. Identify the characteristics of several interpretive approaches as presented in one or more analytical studies of a story, poem, or play.
  2. Employ one or more interpretive approaches to analyze a literary work.
  3. Identify their own preferred interpretive approach(es).
  4. Explain the basis for their preferred approach.

Participate in "writing to learn" activities.
  1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.

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