Patrick D Zambianchi
B CUSP 187
Examines how literary texts create meaning and emotion. Identifies literary elements and explains their use within formal structures in order to appreciate the pleasures and complexities of literary expression, and their usefulness in other arenas. Instructors may focus on specific genres or topics. Offered: W.
In this course you will familiarize yourselves with four literary genres: the philosophical treatise, the novel, poetry, and the autobiography. We will read a variety of texts from the pre-Romantic and Romantic era (ca.1755-1820) that speak to the profoundly unsettled and revolutionary socio-political circumstances in which they emerged. By engaging critically with these texts, we will address a set of fundamental ethical questions that, in many respects, remain largely unresolved and deeply problematic today.
Student learning goals
1. close reading of and critical writing about literary texts;
2. engage with, analyze, and elucidate literary texts while producing appropriate documentation of sources;
3. participate in peer revision activities by providing and evaluating peer feedback;
4. actively participate in class discussion, group work, and peer activities;
5. oral presentation of researched material.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading