Study of a literary motif or theme over time and/or across cultures. Variable topic chosen by instructor. Examples of themes are: the gothic, utopia/distopia, vampires, the road, and gender in literature.
- Identify the course theme in works of literature.
- Analyze and evaluate assumptions about this theme in literature in different periods.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of this theme to the study and teaching of literature.
- Use close readings of texts to make arguments about course themes, both orally and in writing.
- Critique relevant literary criticism and integrate this criticism in discussion of course themes, both orally and in writing.
- Produce a scholarly argument of publishable quality which synthesizes relevant criticism with the analysis of this theme in a literary text.
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