ENGLISH 239 - What is Literature?
Section: 103
Term: SP 2008
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
2
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Cost:
<50
Advisory Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for concentrators in English and Honors English.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Sp, Su.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Our method throughout the academic term will be to approach the question “What is literature?” by asking “What is [it we talk about when we talk about] Literature?” Through close readings of three novels and a play, we will work to develop a critical vocabulary appropriate for literary studies. Analysis of secondary sources (assigned essays) will allow us to identify various theoretical and interpretive strategies. We will be reading two literary “classics” (William Shakespeare’s King Lear and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway) in conjunction with contemporary novels that “revisit” these “classics” (Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres and Michael Cunningham’s The Hours, respectively).

Students will write one short (one-page) paper, one in-class essay, and one longer paper. Students will also be responsible for leading one in-class discussion.

ENGLISH 239 - What is Literature?
Schedule Listing
101 (REC)
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50424
Open
12
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: English 239 will be Permission of Instructor after the first day of class.
102 (REC)
P
50425
Open
12
 
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MW 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: English 239 will be Permission of Instructor after the first day of class.
103 (REC)
P
50426
Open
25
 
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MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: English 239 will be Permission of Instructor after the first day of class.
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