Department of English
& Foreign Languages
The Center for Writers
Introduction to Literary Studies
Course Description: this course is an introduction to the study of literature, designed for the
beginning English major or the general student who wishes to become a more educated reader
of literary texts. It introduces the student to a variety of literary genres and a range of
methodologies for the study of literature. Particular emphasis will be placed upon learning to
write about literature using a variety of critical approaches.
Course Objective: This class is designed to
* familiarize you with the terminology of literary studies.
* improve you abilities as a close reader of literary text.
* introduce you to a variety of vritical methodoloies for the study of literature.
* improve your ability to write about literary texts.
Course Requirements: Students are expected to complete all readings by the time of class for
which they are listed on the syllabus. Occassional quizzes may test to see that you are keeping
up with the reading. Written work will include fours short papers, and a reading journal.
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