This course teaches how to analyze poetry and prose. It assumes some experience with literary analysis but not advanced knowledge. It is divided about equally between poetry and prose, with poetry in the first half. The section on poetry explores, among other things, the relations between poetry and music, including rap and popular song. The section on prose includes both fiction and creative nonfiction. Both sections include some exercises in creative writing. The overall goal is to acquire not only objective knowledge and analytical skill but also new ways of understanding creativity, including your own.
Probable texts (subject to change): A custom-designed course pack costing about $10.00 in the UMC and various other texts available online.
Probable requirements (subject to change): a mid-term exam, two shorter tests, a number of short papers and exercises, and a final paper. For further information contact the instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org.