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Nancy L Kool
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

BCUSP 187 (Literary Analysis) “ENCOUNTERS� This course explores the them of the individual self in its relationships (to other people, the natural world, and the big mysteries of love and death). Students will be introduced to a range of critical approaches to appreciating and understanding literature (primarily, we’ll take a “cultural studies� approach); participants will also learn about some of the techniques in the writer’s “toolkit.� Texts will include short fiction and poems from a range of literary “styles� and “periods,� but with a focus on American literature. Students will be required to keep a reading journal, write 2 short (~3-page) papers, and take a midterm and a final exam.

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Class is discussion-based.


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 Nancy L Kool
Date: 11/07/2011