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This class was tough.
This class is challenging, but it requires a higher level of thinking. As a student, you read many, many novels, and have Socratic seminars regarding what you have read. Since this class is the pre-req to the English major, everyone in it is fully immersed in what they're reading, and will have a deep understanding of the book. Students don't just practice skills of comprehension, but also synthesis, analysis, and interpretation.
As I took this course, I learned different ways of looking into texts: literal criticism, structuralism, post-structuralism, modernism, post-modernism, psychoanalysis, feminism and "queer theory", marxism, and many more isms that are ways of criticising a book. These all gave me different lenses through which I could understand the intentions of the author, or things that could easily be missed, or misinterpreted. That's the great thing about this class. All analyzations are valid as long as you can argue them with evidence from the reading.
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You need to do all the reading. Take notes during the discussions. What people say will help you with your essays and the tests later on.