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HSS2010 Literature and Human Nature: Home

Course Description

This course introduces you to the world of literature in English, covering works of fiction, poetry and drama. We will analyze the significance of each literary work for its time and for our time. In the process, you will acquire techniques and language skills for literary appreciation. You are encouraged to read literary works from different time periods and different cultural backgrounds to broaden and deepen your understanding of the human experience. 

Recommended Books

The Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing

This book collects classic works drawn from many periods and cultures. It is organized into four parts focusing on fiction, poetry, drama, and critical thinking and writing. The first three parts explain the literary elements of each genre-fiction, poetry, and drama- and how to write them, and explore several additional approaches to reading literature and conclude with an anthology of literary works. The fourth part provides detailed instruction on thinking, reading, and writing about literature that can be assigned selectively throughout the course. This book also includes sample student papers and more than 2,000 assignments.