Costume design for Feste from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
, created for the Federal Theatre Project under the Works Progress Administration. Graphite and watercolor by Robert Byrne (1935). (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Federal Theatre Project Collection
, W.P.A. Transfer (159.7))
Writing About Literature aims:
- To increase students' pleasure and skill in reading literary texts and in writing and communicating about them.
- To introduce students to different literary forms (poetry, fiction, drama) and some tools of literary study (close reading, research, theoretical models).
- To allow students to get to know a single writer deeply.
- To encourage students to make independent decisions about their reading by exploring and reporting back on authors whose works they enjoy.
The syllabus includes an eclectic mix: William Shakespeare, Herman Melville, Henry James, Michael Frayn, and Jhumpa Lahiri. We'll explore different ways of approaching the questions readers have about each of these texts.
*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.