ENGLISH 298 - Introduction to Literary Studies
Fall 2022, Section 001 - The Art of Literature
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Other Course Info:
Prerequisite for the English major and English Honors Plan.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is designed to help you make a start on the art and science of literary study. To this end, we are going to read and discuss an eclectic set of literary works, finding different interpretive challenges and practicing alternative ways of addressing those issues. We’ll talk about the category of “the literary,” differences of genre and period, and the relevance of historical and biographical context to our interpretative efforts. We’ll also try out various critical methodologies (briefly considering examples drawn from literary scholarship and theory). But as serious as this task sounds (and is), there’s really nothing to stop us from having a blast while doing it. To this end, I’m assembling an array of the coolest texts I know, works that give me a rush every time I read them. Our authors will include William Shakespeare, John Donne, Andrew Marvell, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Jane Austen, Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, Ernest Hemingway, William Carlos Williams, Flannery O’Connor, Alice Munro, and Lucia Berlin.

I will provide electronic copies or links to our readings.  I will also suggest editions you can buy if you want a good hard copy of any of our readings. 

Course Requirements:

Written work will include a couple of analytic papers, weekly response papers, and some kind of summative overview paper at the end of class.  Class attendance and participation will be required. 


ENGLISH 298 - Introduction to Literary Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 In Person
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
002 (REC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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