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Patrick D Zambianchi
B CUSP 187
Bothell Campus

Introduction to Literary Analysis

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.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Patrick D Zambianchi
Date: 12/13/2013