Writing About Literature: Global Journeys
This course is designed to prepare you for a career as an English major and will have two main goals. First, the readings will aim to familiarize you with the variety of critical and theoretical approaches that are used in the study of literature. Second, the assignments will help you master the basics of literary research, interpretation, and criticism. Our general course theme will be travel--whether migration, exploration, tourism, or escape--across the British empire and its remains. Readings will include some of the following Coleridge, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Brontë, Jane Eyre, Doyle, The Sign of Four, Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Selvon, The Lonely Londoners, Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea, Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans, Philips, The Atlantic Sound, and Hamid, Exit West. There will be a longer research paper as well as other kinds of shorter informal work, plus, of course, plenty of in-class discussion.