Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Language Arts Division
ENGL 16INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURESummer 2014
4 hours lecture.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 48 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: 4 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree
 GE Status: Humanities

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 11/11,09/08/12;11/25/13

1. Description -
Introduction to literary study through texts from a wide range of genres, including poetry, drama, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Focus on analytical reading and literary analysis, including effective use of critical theory and secondary source research. Intended for students desiring further development of literary analytical skills and literary appreciation.
Prerequisite: One of the following: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T or ESLL 26.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. read a text actively and critically.
  2. identify key elements of major genres in order to analyze and interpret texts.
  3. define common literary terms and apply these to analysis of texts.
  4. define common critical theoretical concepts and apply these to analysis of texts.
  5. interpret literary works within relevant racial, ethnic, gender, class, aesthetic, historical, and cultural contexts.
  6. compose formal literary analysis essays demonstrating appropriate academic language and scholarly rigor.
  7. research appropriate secondary sources and integrate those into literary analyses without plagiarism.
  8. demonstrate appropriate formatting and documentation.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. When taught on campus, no special facility or equipment needed.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access, ongoing access to computer with email software and capabilities and current internet browser, email address.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Active, critical reading of literary texts
    1. Denotative and connotative meaning of words and statements
    2. Structure or development of events, emotions, images, and ideas
    3. Figurative and symbolic language in relation to central theme(s) of the work
    4. Artistic synthesis of literal and figurative details with theme(s)
  2. Identification of key elements of major genres
    1. Poetry
    2. Short story
    3. Novel
    4. Drama
    5. Creative nonfiction
  3. Literary terms
    1. Poetic structures (e.g., stanza, meter)
    2. Symbolic language (e.g., metaphor, synecdoche)
    3. Narrative devices (e.g., unreliable narrator)
    4. Structural devices (e.g., epigraphs, paragraphing)
  4. Critical theoretical concepts
    1. Historical contexts
    2. Gender studies
    3. Queer theories
    4. Psychological theories (Freudian, Jungian)
    5. Marxian theories
    6. Ethnic and racial theories
    7. Postcolonial studies
  5. Racial, ethnic, gender, class, aesthetic, historical, and cultural contexts
    1. African American, Latino/a, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, and multiethnic representations
    2. Issues of gender and sexuality
    3. Socioeconomic diversity
    4. Aesthetic movements as contexts for the text
    5. Historical and cultural influences upon texts
  6. Formal, scholarly literary analysis essays
    1. Development and delivery of a clear literary analysis thesis
    2. Effective use of textual evidence
    3. Comparisons among texts
    4. Stylistic conventions of literary analysis
    5. Attention to scholarly language
  7. Research
    1. Navigation of research databases and print archives
    2. Evaluation of sources and identification of those scholarly
    3. Critical reading of research sources
  8. Formatting and documentation
    1. Modern Language Association (MLA)
    2. American Psychological Association (APA)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Formal essays
  2. Informal writing projects such as journal entries, reader responses
  3. In-class examinations
  4. Class participation, student presentations
  5. Feedback on tests and assignments delivered electronically, class discussion via web devices.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Following are suggestions of representative texts; individual instructors may select from any appropriate anthologies or single-author texts:
Abcarian, Richard, Marvin Klotz, Samuel Cohen, eds. Literature: The Human Experience, Reading and Writing. Boston: Bedford, 2009.
Barry, Peter. Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2009.
Barnet, Sylvan, William E. Burton, William E. Cain, eds. An Introduction to Literature. New York: Longman, 2008.
Bronner, Stephen Eric. Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2011.
Griffith, Kelley. Writing Essays about Literature. Boston: Cengage, 2011.
Meyer, Michael, ed. The Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Writing, Thinking. Boston: Bedford, 2008.
When taught via Foothill Global Access, supplemental lectures, handouts, tests, and assignments delivered electronically.

8. Disciplines -
English
 
9. Method of Instruction -
Reading literary texts, lectures on the texts and their historical and social contexts, class discussion, small group projects and presentations, analytical writing projects.
 
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
 
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading and analyzing literary texts
  2. Formal essays
  3. Informal writing projects such as journal entries, reader responses
  4. In-class examinations
  5. Class participation, student presentations
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AA degree in English and satisfies the Foothill GE Requirement for Area I, Humanities.


Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-21 19:38:57


Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines