This course is designed as a close reading of major texts in English literature. The objectives of this course are threefold: first, it serves as an advanced reading and writing course to help students to consolidate their reading and writing skills, and develop their critical thinking skills; second, it is an introductory course to help students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the history of English literature, the major concepts and notions in English literature, and the major critical movements in English literature, and enhance their confidence of Chinese culture through comparison and contrast; third, it prepares students for their further studies in English language and literature.
1 Question-oriented close reading (QCR)
2 Concept-driven close reading (CCR)
3 Language-based close reading (LCR)
4 Context-text-criticism close reading (TCR)
10% Attendance (5 points deducted for each absence)
40% In-class tests, class performance, reading report, pre-class task, reading quiz, SPOC
50% Final Exams (Texts, Contexts, and Criticism; Short Essay Questions; Commentary)
2 Greenblatt, Stephen, ed. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th Edition.