To acquire skills for reading and analyzing literary texts in English, and for presenting one’s own analysis of literary texts orally and in writing. To learn about American and other writers and poets.
Being able to read and discuss literary texts (novels, short stories, poetry, essays, etc.) in English.
In the first half of the semester, participants in this class will learn how to analyze various types of literary text through the reading and critical discussion of articles in which some exemplary way of interpretation of the texts is presented. In the second half of the semester, the participants will practice analyzing and interpreting literary texts themselves. They will read excerpts of novels, short stories, poems and essays written in English and present their analysis and/or interpretation of the texts, making use of the analytical and interpretative methods they have learned in the first half of the semester, or some other methods.
Both in the first and the second halves of the semester, a reading of one short story or an essay, a few poems, or excerpts of a novel will be assigned every week. In addition, in the first half of the semester, an article that discusses the assigned text will be also assigned for reading. In the second half of the semester, the designated commentator for the week will select a page or a few paragraphs of the assigned text and present his/her own analysis and/or interpretation of it orally and in the form of a position paper, which will be posted to the class mailing list one day before the meeting of the class. The designated commentator will also introduce the author/poet.
The texts to be discussed will be announced at the first meeting of the class. They will be mainly those written by American writers and poets, but texts by other writers as well as translations will also be used.
This class will be conducted in English. But if there is no G30 or NUPACE student in the participants, Japanese will be also used.
|date||reading||presenter 1 (on poem/short story)||presenter 2 (on criticism)||presenters (final presentation)|
|4/24||Brooks (& Keats)||Guzeller||Kawabata|
|5/1||Spitzer (& Whitman)||H. Zhang||Sugai|
|5/8||Lodge (& Hemingway)||Pearce||C. Zhang|
|5/15||Scholes (& Joyce)||Que||Wang|
|5/22||Johnson (& Melville)||Murase||Sugai|
|5/29||Fish (& Milton)||Guzeller||Kawabata|
|6/5||Jameson (& Stevens)||Pearce||C. Zhang|
|6/12||Jameson (& Forster)||Wang||H. Zhang|
|6/19||Fisher (& Dreiser)||Murase||Que|
|6/26||Karatani (& Kunikida)||Guzeller|
|7/3||Guzeller, Kawabata, Sugai|
|7/24||C. Zhang, H. Zhang|
1st paper due: 6/26
Final paper due: end of July (8/5)
Final presentations: presentation 20 minutes, Q&A 10 minutes
◆ 成績評価の方法（Evalutation criteria）：
Class participation (10%), oral presentations and position papers (30%), a mid-term paper (20%), and a final paper (40%).
◆ Reading material