Introduction to Literary Study: The Art of Reading

Course Number: ENGL 10
Prerequisites: Writing 2
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 10
Quarter: Summer B 2017
Instructor: Shoemaker, Tyler
Day(s): MTWR
Time: 2:00pm - 3:25pm
Location: HSSB 1211

Readers, writes Friedrich Nietzsche, are liars. Or, more generously put, because for him interpretation is invention, readers are artists. Taking Nietzsche’s provocation seriously, this course routes his commentary on reading through the framework of an introduction to literary study. If the goal of this gateway course is to ask what it means to read, write, and think like an English professor, to this our theme will add: how does the analysis of literature work as an invention? What does it invent? What are the many methods of reading one may engage, and what place do these readings have in a liberal arts education? What, then, is the use of studying literature, if use so often seems to be the dominant framework for our current moment? Topics will include a host of literary forms (the novel, poetry, drama, etc.), cultural criticism, literary theory, remediation and adaption, experimental memoir, electronic literature, and recent trends in the digital humanities.