Courses: Introduction to Literary Analysis (ENGLH150B03)

Spring 2013

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. For 2012-13: A. Bennett, "Reading Madness"; A. Boone, "Fatal System Error: When Literary Investigations Go Awry"; B. Riebling, "The Poetics of Power"; D. Sherman, "Memory: The Use(s) of the Past"; M. Shafer, "The Haunting & the Horrific: Memory & Identity in Tales of Ghosts & Monsters."

Prerequisites: Open only to members of the first-year class as assigned by the Director of College Writing.

Fulfills: HU FW Limit:15


English (Web site)

Taught By

Barbara Riebling (Profile)


Haverford, Wdsd

Meeting Times

TTh 11:30-1:00