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ENGL 195 - Introduction to Literature

3 Credit: (3 lecture, 0 lab, 0 clinical) 3 Contact Hours: [ENGL 100  or ENGL 101 ]

This course introduces students to text-based, reader-based and context-based interpretive strategies for the study of poetry, fiction, and drama. Through lecture, discussion, interpretive and research-based writing and group project work, students learn the characteristics of each genre and the vocabulary of literary interpretation.
OFFERED: spring and summer semesters

Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Goal 1:  Students will develop the ability to analyze literary texts.

  1. Students will demonstrate comprehension of literary texts.
  2. Students will explain generic characteristics of poetry, fiction, and drama.
  3. Students will comprehend and apply the technical vocabulary of literary interpretation.
  4. Students will identify and use a variety of interpretive strategies for reading literature, including textbased (formalist, psychoanalytic), reader-based (reader response), and context-based interpretations (feminist, political-economic, cultural, historical).

Goal 2:  Students will develop the ability to write academic papers of literary analysis.

  1. Students will learn techniques of literary research.
  2. Students will read and analyze secondary literary texts.
  3. Students will write essays that integrate insights from secondary texts with their own analysis of primary texts.
  4. Students will use MLA documentation techniques.

Goal 3:  Students will make oral presentations that synthesize their understanding of primary and secondary literary texts.

Goal 4:  Students will propose theories for literature’s power to express a wide range of human insights.

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