Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Explain the fine distinction between subject and theme or author and voice.
2. Explain in writing how such elements as symbolism, point of view, irony, tone, setting establish the work's possible or multiple meanings.
3. Create interpretations of the text (in writing) and to evaluate these interpretations by considering how the assumptions they bring to the text interact with the assumptions of the text.
4. Explain in writing how the words of the text control and shape their own interpretations thus preventing a fall into total subjectivity.
5. Revise their original interpretations of the text after considering peer reviews/teacher reviews of their papers.6. Utilize the MLA documentation system for their research papers and develop the skills needed for critical analysis papers.
7. Communicate in writing with minimal spelling and grammar errors.
8. Recognize through their reading of literature from many cultures over many centuries the complexity and diversity of the human experience, including cultural, aesthetic, psychological, philosophical, and spiritual dimensions.
9. Through their reading of literature understand some vital contemporary issues in society by recognizing some of the universal problems and themes depicted by writers over the ages.