E 314L • Reading Literary Form--Plan I Honors
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Restricted to Plan I Honors students!
In this introduction to literary form, we will attempt to trace what Wallace Stevens calls "the outlines of being and its expressings, the syllables of its law:/ Poesis, poesis, the literal characters, the vatic lines." We will commence with a unit on meter and versification; throughout the course, we will consider issues of structure in a series of genres, from poetry to drama to the novel. We will also make use of such resources as the Bedford casebooks to develop a familiarity with several approaches to literary criticism. Toward the goal of developing your own voice as an expository writer, I encourage you to drop in on Trimble's "conversations" early and often as you compose and revise.
Two short (5-6 page) papers and one slightly longer (6-8 page) term paper will make up the bulk of the final grade. Papers will be graded on a "portfolio" basis to afford opportunity and incentive for revisions.
Attendance is mandatory; repeated unexcused absences will affect your grade. Weekly focused response writings will be a regular feature of the course, to be used as catalysts for discussion and for the development of paper topics. Also, periodically you will be asked to facilitate discussion by preparing a "question of the day."
Attendance and participation 25%
Paper 1 25%
Paper 2 25%
Paper 3 25%
For an extensive poetry database, please see Literature Online (LION)
John Trimble, Writing With Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing, Second Edition
Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing, ed. David L. Stevenson
Shakespeare, Hamlet: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism, ed. Susan L. Wofford
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism, ed. Ross C. Murfin
M. H. Abrams, A Glossary of Literary Terms, Eighth Edition
(supplementary readings will be handed out in class during the semester)