ENG 299: Writing About Literature


Dr. Mark Facknitz 3 credits
TTh 9:30 (sec 2) and 12:30 (sec. 3)

          Writing about Literature introduces English majors to several current critical perspectives (notably formalism and historicism), sophisticates their reading ability, hones their interpretive skills, renovates their writing, rehabilitates their prejudices, and in general prepares them to succeed as English majors.  The emphasis of the course is on analytical writing, synthesis, close reading and reading in context.  Papers, quizzes, exams, and a discussion grade.  We’ll read some sonneteers, discuss the structure of jokes and the nature of obscenity, and read Shakespeare’s Henry V, Willa Cather’s My Antonia, and James Joyce’s Dubliners.     

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