This course offers an introduction to the study of literature and its relation to culture. The principal focus is on reading great books, all of historical importance and continuing interest.
The main texts-- Shakespeare's King Lear, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, and Leo Tolstoi's Anna Karenina. These books will be supplemented by shorter texts, including poetry and prose.
The course has no prerequisites, and carries both VLPA distribution credit and "W" course credit. The selected texts will be read in English.
There will be three writing assignments (typically 3-5 pages), each of which can be revised, and an optional final paper (typically 3-7 pages). Students who complete all four papers will earn W credit.
Students may opt to take a final examination instead of writing the final paper.
In addition, there will be a short weekly quiz on assigned reading. These are short (taking only about 5 minutes), on details from the reading material for the week.
Required written assignments: 60%; The final paper or final exam: 15%; Participation (incl. attendance): 15% Weekly quizzes: 10%