Focused study of a particular theme, genre, period, or author.
- Identify and discuss themes and formal qualities shared by the novels read in the course.
- Compare and contrast how the different novels read deal with similar themes or formal literary issues.
- Analyze the meanings and effects of novels in terms of common conventions of the genre.
- Analyze how particular novels reflect shifting understandings of the nature of plot, characterization, point of view, realism, mimesis, and other devices and conventions of the genre.
- Produce a well-written, carefully argued written analysis of a novel based on close reading of the text and incorporating relevant criticism.
- Discuss and analyze influential theories of the novel, its development, and its social origins and relevance.
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