Novels, Plays, Poems

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

English

Course Number: 
115
Institution: 
Amherst College

A first course in reading fictional, dramatic, and lyric texts: stories, a major novel, one or more plays by Shakespeare, poems by Donne, Dickinson, Frost, and others.

Why does any writer–an Amherst College student, Philip Roth, Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare–say what he or she says one way rather than another?  And what in the expression itself makes a story, a play, a poem effective, something a reader might care about, be moved or delighted by? We will try to answer these questions by reading primary examples of each genre, including much recent work, with close and sustained attention to details of expressive language.  There will be frequent writing exercises.

The course will be taught in sections of 15 students.  Preference will be given to first-year students.  Fall semester:  Professor Sofield.  Spring semester:  Professor Emeritus Berek (Mount Holyoke College).

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
Y
Schedule #: 
ENGL-115-01-1213S

Course Sections

Novels, Plays, Poems
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Peter Berek

pberek61@amherst.edu

TTH 10:00AM-11:20AM

CONV 302