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Methods and Modes of Literary Study

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T. Pickens

Course Long Title

Methods and Modes of Literary Study


This course introduces students to major trends, methodologies, and modes of inquiry in the field of literary study. Students identify and discuss the continuing significance of the formation of the Western canon (including counter responses to that formation), identify and demonstrate knowledge of the meaning of different literary genres, perform close readings of a given text, appreciate poetic form and experimentation, critically analyze a given text with reference to its historical significance, deploy theoretical concepts in relation to a given text, identify appropriate theoretical or digital methodologies to apply in different textual circumstances, and conduct research in the field.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Class Restriction

Exclude First Years, Exclude Seniors