Course: ENGL 2200
Title: Introduction to Literature
This course is an introduction to literary forms, to close reading of literature, and to the terminology of literature. The emphasis is on fiction, poetry, and drama. The course will emphasize literary traditions, historical time periods, diverse authors, careful reading, literary analysis, and thoughtful interpretation.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1) Ask and explore a variety of philosophical and theoretical questions about human thought and experience.
Through the study of a representative selection of fiction, poetry, and drama, students will examine a variety of philosophical problems concerning human thought and experience (e.g., human nature, race and identity, individuality and society). Class discussions, essays, and essay-exams will allow students to demonstrate that they can articulate ways in which authors writing literature have asked and answered various questions; they will also allow students to demonstrate they can participate in discussions about these questions.
2) Understand how knowledge is created through the study of language systems, literature, and/or philosophy.
Through the practice of close reading (literary analysis) of a broad selection of literary texts, students will understand how knowledge is created within the field of literature. Students will be able understand how such things as history, audience, authorial choices in relation to the text, and personal biases impact the reading of a text. Students will be asked to demonstrate their ability to read closely on exams and in written assignments.
3) Understand cultural traditions within an historical context and make connections with the present.
Students will understand the cultural traditions that produced and that are represented in fiction, poetry, and drama. They will also be able to discuss literature in a historical context and be able to articulate connections with contemporary culture. Class discussions, quizzes, and exams will allow students to identify, contextualize, and explain representative authors, works, and movements in literature.
4) Critically read and respond to primary texts (original, uninterpreted) from a Humanities' perspective.
Students will be able to read, interpret, analyze, and respond to a representative selection of primary literary texts, including fiction, poetry, and drama. Reading strategies, writing assignments, discussion, and exams will allow students to demonstrate an ability to read critically in order to understand, explain, and evaluate literary texts.
5) Write effectively within the Humanities discipline to analyze and form critical and aesthetic judgments.
Students will be able to write interpretive and analytic essays that are supported through textual analysis. They will be given feedback on written drafts in order to improve thinking and writing skills from one assignment to the next.