21L.000J / 21L.010 / 21W.734J Writing About Literature
As taught in: Fall 2006
Writing About Literature aims:
- To increase students' pleasure and skill in reading literary texts and in writing and communicating about them.
- To introduce students to different literary forms (poetry, fiction, drama) and some tools of literary study (close reading, research, theoretical models).
- To allow students to get to know a single writer deeply.
- To encourage students to make independent decisions about their reading by exploring and reporting back on authors whose works they enjoy.
The syllabus includes an eclectic mix: William Shakespeare, Herman Melville, Henry James, Michael Frayn, and Jhumpa Lahiri. We'll explore different ways of approaching the questions readers have about each of these texts.
*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.