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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2006

E 314L • Reading Literary Form--Plan I Honors

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34470 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
MEZ 1.122

Course Description

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.

Grading Policy

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) ; for off-campus access, you may log-in using your EID by following the link to LION from the UT Library site
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)


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