Introduction to Literature

Patrick S. Belk, Introduction to Literature, Fall 2017

Course Description:

This course explores the literary devices that writers use to produce texts and readers use to interpret them. The texts change from section to section and instructor to instructor, but they always stimulate investigation into reading and writing as ways of knowing (Course Catalog 2017-2018, University of Pittsburgh System).

Texts:

All required primary readings may be viewed online (Flash-based FlipBook) or downloaded (PDF) to print from my website, The Pulp Magazines Project @ http://www.pulpmags.org/, or The Internet Archive @ http://archive.org/. You will need reliable access to a computer and a fast Internet connection as well. The secondary readings are found in David Glover and Scott McCracken, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Popular Fiction (Cambridge UP, 2012), which is available from the campus bookstore or through Amazon.

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Catherine S. Cox, Introduction to Literature, Fall 2016

Course Description

EngLit 0088 offers interested students an introduction to the study of literature and the processes of literary analysis. We will read primary texts of literature in each of three major genres (poetry, drama, fiction), considering a variety of critical approaches; we will examine the works in their historical, intellectual, and literary contexts, with an understanding that no single ‘correct’ meaning of any text exists, and that each reader is invited to discover relevance and meaning based on close reading and critical thinking. The course is designed for students of all majors, and additionally serves as a gateway course for potential EngLit majors; enrollment in EngLit 0088 is selective and presupposes an active and open-minded interest in reading, thinking, and writing about literature.

Required Texts:

The text required for this course is the Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature, 10th edition (available at the UPJ Book Store or elsewhere, including online vendors).

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Kimberly A. Douglas, Introduction to Literature, Fall 2013

Course Description:

This course studies invention and interpretation and explores the literary devices writers use to produce texts and readers use to interpret them. Although texts may change from section to section and instructor to instructor, they always stimulate investigation into reading and writing as ways of knowing.

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