English 102: College Reading and Composition

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“How true it is that words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes . . . they but dimly represent the great surging feelings and desires which lie behind.”

Theodore Dreiser

Painting of Ophelia by John William Waterhouse

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: demonstrate the ability to analyze, interpret, and evaluate various forms of literature; and demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate literary criticism, looking at a given work from several perspectives. We will analyze literature spanning the eras of the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Modernism.

Required Readings

Hamlet, William Shakespeare Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
The Sorrows of Young Werther, Goethe

Selected poems of Charles Baudelaire
“The Drunken Boat”, Arthur Rimbaud

Manfred, Lord Byron “The Wasteland”, T.S. Eliot
Faust, Goethe Paradise Lost, John Milton

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