ENGLISH 298 - Introduction to Literary Studies
Section: 102
Term: SP 2009
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
2
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Advisory Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for concentrators in English and Honors English.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will offer students a brief survey of the most vital theories about the meaning and form of literature, with a special emphasis on lucid and practical application of these theories to a set of literary texts. Of particular importance will be a consideration of what literature is expected to do when it is either at work or play. We will look — or rather glance — at the history of the critical commentary on the definition and purpose of literature. Among these critical texts will be fragments by Plato, Aristotle, Boccaccio, Sidney, Shelley, Marx, Freud, Woolf, Greenblatt, and others. A much greater scrutiny will be given to a number of literary specimens, primarily narrative texts, including such works as Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Shakespeare's Hamlet, Crane’s Maggie of the Streets, and DeLillo’s White Noise, as well as a handful of twentieth-century short stories.

Course work will consist of two five-page papers, an exam, weekly response papers, class participation, regular attendance, and constant, dutiful reading.

ENGLISH 298 - Introduction to Literary Studies
Schedule Listing
101 (REC)
P
50791
Open
23
 
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:30AM
Note: English 239 will be Permission of Instructor after the first day of class.
102 (REC)
P
50793
Open
13
 
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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
50795
Open
24
 
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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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ISBN: 0451528182
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Author: the classic translation by Burton Raffel ; with an introduction by the translator and an afterword by Neil D. Isaacs., Publisher: New American Library 2001
Required
ISBN: 0451527844
Sophocles : the complete plays, Author: Paul Roche, translator., Publisher: Signet Classics 2001
Required
ISBN: 0451526929
The tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Author: William Shakespeare ; with new and updated critical essays and a revised bibliography ; edited by Sylvan Barnet., Publisher: Penguin Group 1st Signet 1998
Required
ISBN: 0140437975
Maggie: a girl of the streets and other tales of New York, Author: Stephen Crane. Ed. with an introd. by Larzer Ziff with the assistance of Theo Davis., Publisher: Penguin Books 2000
Required
ISBN: 0140283307
White noise, Author: Don DeLillo., Publisher: Penguin Books 1999
Required
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