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LIT 300 Literary Theory

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    May 22, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I was lost in the course and was given homework assignments on things that were not part of the readings or any available study material. The final paper was broken into several parts and it was like writing the same paper over and over again and the final to be submitted was to be a mash up of all the parts that were written before. It was a very frustrating class that made no sense.

    Course highlights:

    I read the materials several times and I still cannot tell you or explain to you lit theory.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    You have to do A LOT of outside research and studying. The materials that come with the class were very hard to read and understand so I did a lot of research online to gain an understanding of the materials.

    • Spring 2017
    • colette morrow
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Requires Lots of Research Final Paper
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    Apr 10, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It takes a couple of weeks to get an easier working understanding of the literary theories and schools of criticism, however, the textbook is not one I would recommend. It is difficult to read and hardly ever comes to describe the theories or how to apply them to a text. What Purdue OWL can describe in six paragraphs the textbook takes twenty pages.

    Course highlights:

    I was able to analyze a recent film using Gender and Queer theory! I had been looking forward to writing this essay and was glad the teacher allowed me to substitute one of the classic short stories with a mainstream motion picture.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    The milestone projects all lead to the Final Projects. In the first and second milestones you collect sources and outline the general theory you would apply to the text. You do not need to do new research every milestone, rather, continue to use your original sources. As I said, Purdue OWL's resource on Literary Theory is much more understandable than the textbook. I would still recommend reviewing the textbook to assist in the Journal and Discussion boards.

    • Spring 2017
    • colette morrow
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Requires Lots of Research Requires Presentations
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    Oct 21, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    For all English or writing majors you are required to take this course but I must say it's a great learning experience. I was weary at first but I soon realized that while I did not understand all of it or have interest to pursue it past this class, I learned how to understand more of my own work and the works I read. I am able to see more than just words on a page and feel interested in getting to know the piece, author, and time period more. There are so many genres to Literary Theory and while you may not understand them all either, you might find some that interest you and make you a better writer. There is a final paper and steps leading to it, I always appreciate when work is broke down. We were able to learn so much this way and have a positive attitude toward the outcome.

    Course highlights:

    I found feminism and Marxism literary theory so interesting and what I was able to connect with the most. Our Professor is attentive and gives detailed feedback so even on the best paper, you are given options for improvement.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do you research and dive into every week head on. If you don't understand something, ask, and look it up elsewhere. You might find a version that helps you understand the concept more thoroughly.

    • Fall 2016
    • Amanda Hardman
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Final Paper

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