Literary Interpretation and Critical Perspectives

L260 — Spring 2022

Linda Charnes
Days and Times
3:00 - 4:15p TR (3 CR)
Course Description

Online/Zoom synchronous

What makes a text “literary”? What does it mean to study literature critically?  This class will introduce strategies of analysis that help us unlock how the texts we read achieve their effects. The genre—whether poetic, novelistic, dramatic, prose, or film—is central to what an author sets out to do, as well as to how a reader responds.  We’ll consider works in a range of genres as well as brief selections from critical scholars on linguistics, narrative theory, gender and race studies, and aesthetics.