LIT 61W is a lower-division course intended for new transfer students. This course is intended as a bridge to upper-division literature courses for transfer students. It carries a general education designation.
General Education Designation: Textual Analysis (TA)
LIT 61W offers training in the practice of textual analysis, crafting arguments about literary texts, conducting scholarly library research, and conducting archival research. You will finish the class with a portfolio of three revised essays. These essays will explore the writings and creative work of two authors you are likely to encounter in literature classrooms and in other disciplines as an advancing student in the university. Those authors are W. E. B. Du Bois and Gloria Anzaldúa. Before finding your own way to study their work, the course will model three approaches to studying and writing about their work. The first is an expository essay on a single text. Then, you will explore comparative connections between these texts. Finally, you will have the option to discuss their work in conversation with scholarly arguments or to conduct archival research within a Special Collections archive.