Dr. Erney: M/W 11:00-12:15

Intro to Literary Studies

What is literature, does it matter, and if so, why? What do we do when we read? How is meaning created? These are just some of the many burning questions we will tackle in this course, which provides an introduction to the major concepts, schools, methods, and tools of literary theory. We will examine a number of critical approaches to literature and apply them to various literary texts with the goal of better understanding and appreciating both. In addition to critical reading, the course will teach you how to write and do research on literature. In short, this course is designed to turn you into better readers, writers, and thinkers.