Introduction to Literary Analysis

Introduction to Literary Analysis
Close reading of texts; examining various critical theories and their application to German prose, drama, poetry, and film. Preparation for 440R - 445R sequence. Includes International Cinema.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.5 Lab
 RecommendedGerm 302, 303, 330, 340.
 TaughtFall Contact Department, Winter
 ProgramsContaining GERM 343
Course Outcomes

Theoretical and Critical Approaches

- Identify the basic premises, goals and questions used by the proponents of different theoretical approaches such as Formalism, Reader Response criticism, Structuralism, etc. [Measures: Quizzes, final exam] #4

- Isolate basic ideas from the different critical approaches studied in the course and apply them to the primary literature assigned in the class (novels, stories, films, poetry, etc.) [Measures: Homework, final exam, papers] #4,5

- Choose a specific literary text from a pre-determined selection and analyze it from the perspective of one or more critical approaches. [Measures: Papers, Final exam] #3,4,5

Negotiating Complext Secondary Texts

Demonstrate in their Toolbox assignments that they can negotiate complex secondary texts, skim the parts that are less useful to them, and extract useful quotes that will help in their reading and interpretation of texts. [Measures: Homework] #3,5