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

Spring 2009

E 314L • Reading Literary Form-- HONORS

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33585 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 103
Kevorkian, M

Course Description

Restricted to English 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.

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
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism, ed. Ross C. Murfin
M. H. Abrams, A Glossary of Literary Terms, Eighth Edition
Spplementary readings will be handed out in class during the semester and/or made available via E-Reserves.


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