Courses: Introduction to Literary Analysis (WRPRH150B01)
Intended like other sections of the Writing Program to advance students critical reading and analytical writing skills, this course is geared specifically towards introducing students to the discipline that studies the literary traditions of the English language. One of its aims is to explore the broad range of thematic interests inherent in these traditions, sharing as they do common roots in the history of our language and its influences. The powers and limits of language; ideas of character and community, and the relation between person and place; heroic endeavor and the mystery of evil; loss and renovation these are among the themes to be tracked through various strategies of literary representation and interpretation in a variety of genres (epic, narrative, and poetry) and modes (realism, allegory, and romance), and across a range of historical periods. Our goal is to develop the vocabulary, skills, and knowledge necessary to understand not only how we decide what literary texts mean, but also how literary texts generate and contemplate meaning. Courses 2006-07: The Journey of (Self-)Discovery (Hock); "Reality is an Activity of the Most August Imagination" (Zwarg); In the Wake of War: Literary Representations of Violence and Its Aftermath (Tensuan); Encountering the Unknown (Stadler); Gender, Sexuality & the Body (Sherman); Wild Analysis (Stuber). Introduces and carries credit toward the English major.
Prerequisites: Open only to members of the first-year class as assigned by the Director of College Writing.
Fulfills: HU FW Limit:15
Haverford, Hall 112