Syllabus - ENGL 101: Tools of Textual Analysis Dr. A....

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ENGL 101: Tools of Textual Analysis Dr. A. Timothy Spaulding Office: Memorial 314 E-mail address: Office hours: MW 10:30-12:00 Office Phone: 831-3354 and by appointment Course Texts: Selected Sonnets by William Shakespeare (handout) Selected Sonnets by Petrarch (handout) Selected Sonnets, by Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, Gwendolyn Brooks Selected Poems , Langston Hughes “Good Country People,” Flannery O’Connor (electronic reserve) “The Bloody Chamber,” Angela Carter (electronic reserve) Passing , Nella Larsen The New York Trilogy (City of Glass), Paul Auster A Midsummer Night’s Dream , William Shakespeare Cloud Nine , Caryl Churchill Vertigo , dir. Alfred Hitchcock (film) Mulholland Drive, dir. David Lynch (film) “The Intentional Fallacy,” W. K. Wimsatt and Monroe Beardsley (electronic reserve) “Death of the Author” and “From Work to Text,” Roland Barthes (electronic reserve) “Discourse in the Novel,” Mikhail Bakhtin (electronic reserve) “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” Laura Mulvey (electronic reserve) “For a Theory of Literary Production,” Pierre Macherey (electronic reserve) “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution,” Judith Butler (electronic reserve) Course Overview In this gateway course to the English Major, we will discuss and implement the basic tools and strategies used in the critical analysis and interpretation of literary and popular texts. In reading and in writing about a range of texts (poetry, fiction, drama, film, television and essays), we will discuss the fundamental concepts of textual analysis, including plot, character, persona, point of view, setting, style, tone, irony, ambiguity, figurative language, meter, structure, form, and genre. In addressing some basic questions (“What is literature?” “What is a novel?” “What is a poem”) we will also find ourselves confronting some of the “big questions” in literary studies such as: “What role does the author and authorial intention play in our view of the text?” “What is at stake in our critical readings of literary and popular texts?” “What role does literary ‘value’ have in our confrontation with certain texts?” “What is the point of reading, analyzing, and interpreting texts in the first place?” We will discover that these questions, both basic and
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