ENGL 374 A: The Language of Literature

Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 1:20pm
CMU 230
Colette Moore
Colette Moore

Syllabus Description:

Engl 374: Language in Literature


What makes literary writing powerful, beautiful, affecting, influential, exciting, or insightful? In this class we will examine how authors use language to create different effects and investigate the ways that literary texts structure and use language. Employing tools from linguistics and stylistics, we will analyze aspects of literary texts: sound, meter, lexicon, discourse structure, style, pragmatic strategies, varieties of English, and narrative orientation. Texts will be drawn from several literary genres: fiction, poetry, and drama. Over the term, we will develop and use this linguistic “toolbox” to construct sophisticated perspectives and arguments about literary texts. Course assignments will include several short writing assignments, quizzes, and a larger, independent final paper.



Catalog Description: 
Examines the ways that literary texts structure and use language. Topics may include sound, meter, style, sentence and discourse structure, conversation strategies, narrative orientation, and/or dialect/variation in literature.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
April 20, 2021 - 6:52am