Introduction to the Practice of Criticism

English 2205

This course provides an introduction to the discipline of literary criticism through extensive exercises in the practical criticism of selected literary works of poetry, prose, and drama.  It is aimed at developing essential skills in close reading and a critical vocabulary with which to analyze and discuss literature, while sharpening students’ attentiveness to the way that form and content contribute to meaning in a literary work.

English 2205 is intended to serve as preparation for further courses in criticism and theory, such as English 3302/03.

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