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

Fall 2007

E 314L • Reading Literary Form

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34945 MW
4:30 PM-6:00 PM
gea 127

Course Description

This course will examine works written (or performed) in a variety of literary forms. Despite their different forms (sonnets, novels, short stories, narrative poems, and plays written for stage, radio, and film), each work will depict a strong central character, whose consciousness it is the work's purpose to express. This common feature will allow us to compare the texts to each other while attempting to answer several key questions: How do different literary forms influence portrayals of subjective and objective experience? How are developments of new forms and changes to existing forms influenced by historical and technological developments? And how is one's experience of literature changed by the different reading (or listening or viewing) practices demanded by different literary forms? To answer these and other questions, we will supplement close readings of the primary texts with select secondary sources chosen to illuminate these rich and often challenging works.

Grading Policy

85% of the final grade to be determined by three essays, each to be submitted twice:
One 4-5-page essay (25% of final grade)
Two 5-6-page essays (30% each)
Final 15% of grade consists of short writing assignments, quizzes, and class participation


Sonnets by Petrarch and Shakespeare
Shakespeare, William. Hamlet
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice
Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway
Beatty, Paul. The White Boy Shuffle
Poetry by Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and John Ashbery
Short stories by Flannery O'Connor and Bernard Malamud
Radio plays by Samuel Beckett and Orson Welles


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