This course is a college-level introduction to methods of interpreting literature and to deeper questions raised by the study of literature. Readings will be drawn from different historical eras and will focus on the similarities and differences involved in reading various genres, including fiction, poetry and drama. Discussion will also raise such questions as the following: Why does literature take different forms? Are literary uses of language different from other uses of language (scientific or historical or philosophical language, for example), and if so, how? With what assumptions do readers approach literary texts, and how might an examination of these assumptions broaden and deepen our reading experience? How do historical, cultural and philosophical contexts influence the nature of literary works and how we read them? This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in the Arts. Recommended for non-majors and not required of majors.
2016-2017 Course Catalog / Courses / Introduction to Literature