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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21L.000J (Fall 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • Writing About Literature 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Literature 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Wyn Kelley 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 21L.000J / 21L.010 / 21W.734J Writing About Literature

    Fall 2006

    Course Highlights

    This course features a full set of readings and a list of suggested assignments.

    Course Description

    Writing About Literature aims:
    1. To increase students' pleasure and skill in reading literary texts and in writing and communicating about them.
    2. To introduce students to different literary forms (poetry, fiction, drama) and some tools of literary study (close reading, research, theoretical models).
    3. To allow students to get to know a single writer deeply.
    4. 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.


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