ENGL 111 – Introduction To Literature I

English 111 explores ways that writers portray human experience in their short stories, poems and plays. Through class discussions, lectures and creative responses, students will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of literary works. Because the study of literature has been closely entwined with literary theory in recent decades, and because I find that introduction to literary theory provides students with practical critical thinking tools for textual analysis, I have added the following goal for this course: Students will develop and express personal analytic responses to a variety of works of literature, paying special attention to the ways that literary works are crafted and also to the ways that readers’ interpretations of literary works are subject to their perspectives and/or various theoretical frameworks.