Approved by Faculty Senate.
University Studies Course Approval--Critical Analysis Flag
Department or Program English
Course Number 290
Semester Hours 5
Frequency of Offering each semester
Course Title Literary Studies
Catalog Description This course is an introduction to literary analysis and writing about literature, focusing upon the major genres: fiction, poetry, and drama.
This is an existing course previously approved
by A2C2 Yes
This is a new course proposal No
Proposal category Critical Analysis Flag
Department Contact Sandra Bennett
Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org
UNIVERSITY STUDIES CRITICAL ANALYSIS FLAG COURSE PROPOSAL AND RATIONALE
EN 290 Literary Studies
EN 290 is required of all English majors and will prepare students for all upper division English courses by addressing the following objectives:
*Students understand the methods and strategies for literary analysis
Critical analysis skills will be fostered and developed in this course in particular in the English curriculum.
This course merits the critical analysis flag in that it:
--will require students to understand and apply principles of genre identification
--will engage students in recognizing and analyzing differing approaches to issues of literary canon
--will introduce students to literary history and movements, issues of translation, and the various critical strategies for analyzing and describing features of literary genres
--will introduce students to critical approaches to literary analysis
--will demand student accountability and quality work in both written and oral analysis.
This course includes requirements and learning activities that promote students abilities to
a. recognize and evaluate appropriate evidence to advance a claim.
Application of methods and strategies of analyzing literary works will include examination of differing views of the salient features of selected works from the three main genres: fiction, poetry, and drama. Students will be introduced to competing critical approaches and learn how to utilize a variety of methodologies in analyzing literary texts.
b. apply critical analytical skills in advancing a theoretical position.
Students in this course will engage in written and oral assignments which apply theoretical knowledge to analysis of literary texts. These will include three major essays, ten short writing assignments, tests, formal and informal class presentations, reading, and quizzes. See the attached syllabus (Appendix A) for detailed descriptions of assignments.
c. evaluate alternative arguments within a systematic framework.
By reading, discussing, and writing about literary texts, students will learn to incorporate evidence from primary and secondary sources in support of their own critical analysis. Such research will involve students in formulating, evaluating, and selecting arguments to present a coherent and convincing case for a particular critical approach to the text.
WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Curriculum Approval Form
This course is an introduction to literary analysis and writing about literature, focusing upon the major genres of literatures: fiction, poetry, and drama.
Focus: Students will be introduced to the following literary topics:
4. Basic Instructional Plan and Methods Used: The following methods of instruction will be used:
7. List of References:
In the past, students of English have been required to take English 201(Writing about Literature) and English 210 (Advanced Expository Writing). Through the departmental assessment process, we have learned that students would benefit from a more intense and coordinated orientation to the study of literature and response to it. English 290 (5 credits) replaces English 201 (3 credits) and English 210 (3 credits) as the foundation course for all students of English, providing a more concentrated introduction to the elements of literary analysis and more guidance and experience with responding effectively to literature.
This course will be submitted for University Studies Program approval: Critical Analysis flag.
English 290--Literary Studies
Instructor: Office Hours:
This course is an introduction to literary analysis and writing about literature, focusing upon the major genres of literature: fiction, drama, and poetry.
Course Objectives: Students will be introduced to the following literary topics:
Course Requirements: [550 pts. Total]
Department of English: Critical Analysis Flag Course Information
English 290: Literary Studies
General Objectives for English 290
English 290 is required of all English majors and minors and prepares students for all upper division English courses by addressing the following general objectives:
Specific Objectives and Critical Analysis Skills for English 290:
English 290 addresses the following specific course objectives:
Critical Analysis Flag Designation:
As a Critical Analysis Flag Course in the University Studies Program, English 290 includes requirements and learning activities that promote students ability to
English 290: Literary Studies
Course Syllabus: Fall Semester 2001
Date Topics Assignments (SA=Short Assignment)
Aug. 27 Intro to course: Course requirements
Aug. 28 Responding to Literature; Reading Fiction Chapt. 1
Aug. 29 Intro. To Canon 1614-1636-Gates/Bloom;
Aug. 30 Views of the Canon / Reading and Writing Meyer: Chpt. 1
Aug. 31 Reading Fiction Chpt. 2
Sept. 4 Fiction: Character / Writing a Character Sketch Chpt. 3
Sept. 5 Writing about Fiction: Chapt. 10 (140-149); SA #1
Sept. 6 Types of writing Assigns. Meyer (23-32)
Sept. 7 Fiction: Plot / Genre Chapt. 4
Sept. 10 Fiction: Setting Chapt. 5
Sept. 11 Importance of Context: Cultural/Historical Chapt. 10 (149-151)
Introduction to Literary History Harmon/Holman Ex.; Handout
Sept. 12 Writing about Fiction: Careful reading Meyer: Chpt. 3;
Sept. 13 Fiction: Theme Chapt. 6
Sept. 14 Literary Criticism: Critical Approaches Appendix A; Meyer: Chpt. 6
Sept. 17 Fiction: Point of View Chapt. 7;
Sept. 18 Writing about Fiction: Preparing a draft Chapt. 10 (151-157); SA #2
Sept. 19 Fiction: Tone / Analyzing Style Chapt. 8
Sept. 20 Writing about Fiction: Revision/Final Draft Chapt. 10 (158-160); Meyer: Chpt. 3
Sept. 21 Using Biographical Information Chpt. 12
Sept. 24 Fiction: Symbolism Chapt. 9
Sept. 25 Comparing approaches to Fiction / Essay exams Chpt. 4 (515-520); Meyer: Chpt. 9; SA #3
Sept. 26 Writing about Fiction / English Dept. Portfolio Topic for Fiction Paper; Chpt. 14 (509-515)
Sept. 27 Fiction Test
Sept. 28 Fiction Presentations Stories on assign. sheet
Oct. 1 Peer Evaluation of Drafts Draft of Fiction Paper
Oct. 2 Intro to Literary Movements Harmon/Holman Ex.
Oct. 3 Reading Poetry Chapt. 15; Meyer (55-61)
Oct. 4 Poetry: Sound and Sense Chapt. 16
Oct. 5 Poetry: Voice Chpt. 17; Fiction Paper Due
Oct. 8 Writing about Poetry / Explication Chapt. 24; Meyer: (18-22)
Oct. 9 Poetry: Rhyme and Meter Chapt. 18; SA #4
Oct. 10 Writing about Poetry / Comparison Chapt. 28 (971-975); Meyer (33-44)
Oct. 11 Poetry: Fixed Forms Chapt. 19
Oct. 15 Poetry: Imagery Chpt. 20
Oct. 16 Writing about Poetry: Writing the draft/revising Chapt. 28 (975-980)
Oct. 17 Poetry: Figures of Speech Chapt. 21
Oct. 18 Writing about Poetry: Approaches Chapt. 24 (718-720); SA #5
Oct. 19 Poetry: Symbol/allegory Chapt. 22; Select Topic for Poetry Paper
Oct. 22 Poetry: Use of Allusions/Identifying Influence Chpt. 22
Oct. 23 Poetry in Translation Chapt. 23
Oct. 24 Writing about Poetry Meyer (61-70); SA #6
Oct. 25 Poetry Presentations Poems on assign. sheet
Oct. 26 Peer evaluations of drafts Draft of Poetry Paper
Oct. 29 Individual Conferences Outline/Draft of Poetry Paper
Oct. 30 A Poets Career: Adrienne Rich Chapt. 25, 28 (985-993)
Oct. 31 Studying an Author in Depth Meyer: Chpt. 7
Nov. 1 Poetry Test
Nov. 2 Reading Plays and Watching Theater Chapt. 29; Chapt. 5
Nov. 5 Historical Developments in Drama Chapt. 30, 31, 33, 34, 35 (intro)
Nov. 6 Comedy / Tragedy Poetry Paper Due
Nov. 7 Library Orientation Appendix B; Meyer: Chapt. 8
Nov. 8-13 "A Dolls House" Ibsen Chpt. 34 (1308-1358); SA #7 (Nov. 9)
Nov. 14 Library Exercise
Nov. 15-19 "Master Harold and the Boys"Fugard Chapt. 35 (1536-1568); SA #8 (Nov. 16)
Nov. 20 Using Secondary Sources Fugard Essays (Casebook); Topic for Essay 3
Nov. 26 Writing a multiple-source essay Meyer: Chpt. 8; Handbook
Nov. 27 Sources for Literary Research Appendix B
Nov. 28 Writing about drama Chapt. 36; 37 (1610-1612)
Nov. 29 Library Assignment
Nov. 30 Integrating sources / Review of Canon SA # 9
Dec. 3 Peer Evaluation Draft of Essay 3
Dec. 4 Individual Conferences
Dec. 5 Preparation of final draft SA # 10; Handbook
Dec. 6 Drama Presentations see assign. sheet
Dec. 7 Preparation for final exam Drama Paper Due
Final Exam: Wednesday, Dec. 12 1:00-3:00
English 290: Writing Assignments
Three Major Essays:
(Individual Assignments are attached)
Essay 1: Analysis of Fiction This assignment involves a critical analysis of a short story, using primarily a formalist approach.
Essay 2: Comparison Essay of Two Poems This assignment involves a critical analysis of two poems, using a comparison pattern of organization.
Essay 3: Multiple-Source Essay on a Drama This assignment focuses on the analysis of a play, using multiple secondary sources to support the thesis.
Short Writing Assignments:
These assignments give students practice in writing a wide range of typical responses/essay assignments required in advanced English courses; they exercise a variety of analytical and writing skills. In most cases, students write partial essays, using the skills they will need for the major essays.
Short Assignment #1: Character Sketch in Fiction: A partial character sketch of a character in a short story. The focus is on learning how to state points of analysis and support them with evidence drawn from the primary source. Students practice drawing generalizations, providing support, and integrating quotes.
Short Assignment #2 : Critical Analysis of Fiction: A partial analytical essay of a short story (students write an introductory paragraph and one paragraph of analysis supporting the thesis established in the introduction). Students practice writing effective introductions that establish a thesis for a critical analysis and practice organizing and developing support for the thesis.
Short Assignment #3: Prose Analysis (style): A partial prose analysis of a particular short story (students write two paragraphs that analyze style). Students practice identifying and supporting generalizations about the authors style in a short story.
Short Assignment #4: Explication of Poem: A partial explication of a poem (students write an introductory paragraph for an explication essay of a poem and a paragraph explication of the first stanza of a poem). Students practice setting up the context for explicating a poem, applying the elements of explication, and integrating and citing quotations from poems.
Short Assignment #5: Critical Analysis of Poem (rhythm): A partial critical analysis essay of a poem (students write an introductory paragraph for a critical analysis of a poem and a paragraph in which they relate the use of rhythm in the poem to the theme established in the introduction). Students practice setting up a critical analysis of a poem, supporting a thesis with a point of analysis (use of rhythm) and developing a generalization with specifics drawn from the text (use and citation of primary source).
Short Assignment #6: Use of Allusion in Poems (comparison): A partial critical analysis essay that compares two poems (students write the introductory paragraph explaining the basis for comparison of two poems and one paragraph that compares the use of an allusion used in both poems. Students practice setting up a comparison essay on two poems and learn how to trace and evaluate the function of allusion in poetry.
Short Assignment #7: Using a Critical Approach in Drama Analysis: A partial essay that explores a drama by using a particular critical approach. Students write an introduction that establishes the critical approach to be used and sets up the context for how it will be applied in a specific play (students write an extended introduction--two paragraphs). Students practice summarizing/identifying a particular critical approach and practice setting up the context for using it to analyze a play.
Short Assignment #8: Annotated Bibliography: Students write an annotated bibliography of secondary sources (including reference materials) that are relevant to a multiple-source essay on a drama ("Master Harold... and the boys"). Students learn about the use of reference materials (biographical information, interviews with the author, sources for tracing allusions in the play, background information about Apartheid in South Africa, general information about social realism in modern drama/problem play genre, critical reviews of the play/reception of the production, etc.).
Short Assignment #9: Summary of Secondary Source for Drama Analysis: Each student writes a summary of one of the critical analysis essays in the Casebook on Fugards "Master Harold... and the boys." Students practice summarizing and identifying use/value of secondary sources.
Short Assignment #10: Using Multiple Sources for an Argument: Students write a partial essay in which they establish their view of the literary canon (they write an introduction establishing their general view and one paragraph of support, incorporating the views of at least two of the essays on canon collected in the text). Students practice setting up an argument and supporting ideas by integrating a number of secondary sources.