ENGL 206 - Approaches to Literary Analysis
An introduction to literary study with attention to essential questions. What counts as literature? Why group writers in literary periods? What effect does a work’s genre, or mode have on a reader? How are the formal elements of writing in prose or verse related to its meaning? As “Innocence and Experience” this course examines works sharing a thematic concern with innocence and experience. These works may include William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. As “Much Ado about Nothing” the course takes its cue from Shakespeare’s play of that name (which his first audience would have heard as “much ado about noting”) and examines other works in prose and poetry (sonnets, short stories, and novels) that reward a reader’s attention to detail in particularly interesting ways.
Major/Minor Restrictions: None
Class Restriction: No Junior, Senior
Area of Inquiry: Human Thought and Expression
Liberal Arts CORE: None
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