ENGLISH 298 - Introduction to Literary Studies
Section: 101
Term: SP 2009
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for concentrators in English and Honors English.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is meant to introduce prospective English concentrators to the fundamentals of literary study, emphasizing how we read texts with productive attention to form, and how literary form responds to social contexts. We’ll focus on three literary “classics” — William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby — in conjunction with modern and contemporary texts that revisit them — Aime Cesaire’s A Tempest, Philip Roth’s The Human Stain, and Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine. With help from film adaptations and some secondary sources (assigned essays), we’ll work to develop a vocabulary appropriate for literary studies and to explore interpretive paradigms within the discipline of English studies.

Requirements include three short essays, weekly quizzes, regular attendance and participation, and an in-class final exercise.

ENGLISH 298 - Introduction to Literary Studies
Schedule Listing
101 (REC)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:30AM
Note: English 239 will be Permission of Instructor after the first day of class.
102 (REC)
MW 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: English 239 will be Permission of Instructor after the first day of class.
103 (REC)
MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: English 239 will be Permission of Instructor after the first day of class.
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Please purchase the following textbooks in the listed editions, which contain materials that will not otherwise be provided. I'm mindful of cost; all of these editions should be available for around $12 or less, and readily available in used form as well. Books have not been ordered for the course at any local bookstore, although you're likely to be able to find these editions, or order them quickly, from Shaman Drum; please feel free to use the information here to obtain the needed books in the way that's most convenient for you. Students should be prepared to bring the text(s) we're working on to each class meeting.
ISBN: 0393978192
The Tempest, Norton Critical, Author: William Shakespeare; ed. Peter Hulme, Publisher: Norton
ISBN: 1559362103
A tempest : based on Shakespeare's "The tempest" ; adaptation for a Black theatre, Author: Aime Cesaire. Transl. from the French by Richard Miller., Publisher: Theatre Communications 1. ed. 2002
ISBN: 0393979539
The scarlet letter and other writings : authoritative texts, contexts, criticism, Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne. Ed. by Leland S. Person., Publisher: Norton 2005
ISBN: 0099422131
The human stain, Author: Philip Roth., Publisher: Vintage 2001
ISBN: 0743273567
The great Gatsby, Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald., Publisher: Scribner Scribner t 2004
ISBN: 0802136303
Jasmine, Author: Bharati Mukherjee., Publisher: Grove Press 1st pbk. e 1989
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