This course is intended to offer students a variety of ways of looking at a piece of literature, ranging from traditional approaches through the psychoanalytic, the deconstructive, and into some of the most helpful and rewarding approaches in contemporary criticism, including the feminist approach and that of cultural studies.
It will introduce students to a diverse constellation of writer and broad range of poems and plays. In addition, the students will be ushered to literary theories, in the hope of showing how different approaches offer different insights and enrich understanding of the individual work. The objective is to enable students to appreciate literature and further, to gain insights into (and critiques of) broader areas: language, society, history, and the human condition. This means that students are supposed to gain the knowledge related to reading and interpretation, and on general theories that pertain to human action and social interaction.
Students are asked to preview all reading assignments before class and participate in class activities. Final grade will be based on class participation (30%), mid-term exam (35%) and final exam (35%)
*Students are encouraged to read Ibsen`s `A Doll House` and Arthur Miller`s `Death of a Salesman` during winter vacation.