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Undergraduate English Courses

359:202 Principles of Literary Study

01 W4 CAC 12634 MATHES MU-211
  M2       HH-A3
02 W4 CAC 12694 MATHES MU-211
  M3       HH-A4
03 W4 CAC 12695 MATHES MU-211
  M4       SC-221
04 W4 CAC 12696 MATHES MU-211
  M2       SC-119
09 TTH5 LIV  12699 DURNAN BE-119
10 TTH4 CAC 12700 LAWRENCE MU-115
 11 MW8  CAC  12701  SATER MU-115
12 M5
W5
LIV 18466 BOSWELL LSH-A121
LSH-B112
13 TTH7 CAC 18475 HARRIS SC-101
 14 MW4  CAC  20343  LALLI SC-121
H1 MW4 CAC 18467  GOLDSTONE HC-N106

Learn to read fiction like an English professor! This course provides an introduction to the study of narrative, and, while geared to potential English majors, it is suitable for any student interested in learning how fiction works. We start with the premise that novels and short stories are modes of thought with which writers and readers have engaged with the world for centuries. Works of fiction tell stories that are continuously being rewritten; as readers, and especially as literary critics, we are continuously engaged in the project of that rewriting, finding new ways to relate fiction to our lives, connect with it, and make it meaningful to ourselves and others. Students will come away from this course with a solid understanding of a few key ideas about how narrative works and a vocabulary for describing it with technical precision. The course will help you develop a sense for the historical range of interpretative strategies critics have brought to the study of fiction, as well as for the open-endedness of narrative interpretation. Lectures and discussion will thus attend not only to close readings of selected works of fiction, but also to some big questions about what literature is and what we do when we read and write about it.  The course is part of the Rutgers SAS Core (for AHp, “analyze arts and/or literatures in themselves and in relation to specific histories, values, languages, cultures, and technologies” and WCD, “communicate effectively in modes appropriate to a discipline or area of inquiry”). By the end of the course, students will also have developed grounding in research resources available to students in the humanities and the conventions of the literary essay.