Critical Approaches to Literature in English I

This course introduces you to the excitement and challenge of English and American literature from the Renaissance to 1922. Through a series of encounters with both canonical and marginalized works, we will consider the ways in which texts of different traditions and geographical locations embody and reflect the concerns of their ages. At the same time, we will develop our writing, comprehension, and analytical skills in order to engage critically with our own responses as readers. Although works to be read will change from semester to semester, students should expect to encounter at least one novel and one play in addition to a variety of short stories, essays, and poems.

Critical Approaches to Literature in English II

This course focusses on the literature of the modern and postmodern periods. Through a series of encounters with both canonical and marginalized works, we will consider the ways in which texts of different traditions and geographical locations embody and reflect the concerns of their ages. At the same time, we will develop our writing, comprehension, and analytical skills in order to engage critically with our own responses as readers. A key component of English II will be the development of a working understanding of the major divisions of contemporary literary theory. Although works to be read will change from semester to semester, students should expect to encounter at least one novel and one play in addition to a variety of short stories, essays, and poems.