Feb 23, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HU 425 - Contemporary Literature

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course focuses on the best of literature published within the past few years in order to enhance students’ understanding and appreciation of modern literary forms, as well as to explore important human concerns in contemporary life. Readings may be drawn from contemporary poetry, novels, plays, short stories, and essays. Films may also be used to give students visual reference to what has been studied. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify specific contemporary authors and literary texts
  • Identify elements of short stories, novels and drama
  • Identify primary analytical components of literature: character, plot, setting, language
  • Identify political, social, religious, and aesthetics themes that are characteristics of contemporary literature

Prerequisites by Topic
  • No previous literature courses required; however, it is expected that the student will apply language arts skills learned in GS 1001  and speaking skills learned in GS 1003  

Course Topics
  • Introduction to literary theory, approaches to reading and interpretation
  • Short stories
  • Poetry
  • Literary nonfiction
  • Novel
  • Play
  • Quizzes and tests

Dr. Katherine Wikoff

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