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Literary Studies (FSLT)

The field of literary studies concerns itself with verbal texts read as structures of meaning. While language is a practical tool for thought and communication of many sorts, the particular focus of literary studies is on linguistic creations as meaningful in themselves, and not purely as documents that record meaning outside themselves.

Courses satisfying the literary studies requirement are centrally concerned with the textual analysis of primary works. They consider a variety of interpretive frameworks and attend to one or more collateral areas of investigation, including the study of the process by which texts are created and received, the historical and cultural contexts in which they are created and received, and their relationships to each other and to other fields of experience and analysis. The field of literary studies brings its perspectives and methods to bear on imaginative and non imaginative works alike.

Literary Studies Learning Objectives

All FSLT courses must satisfy the first objective and one of the three subsequent objectives:

  1. Students will demonstrate through their work their ability to apply a variety of interpretive frameworks appropriate to a particular analysis of verbal texts.
  2. Students will demonstrate through their work an understanding of the ways in which texts are created, distributed, and received to serve specific ends.
  3. Students will demonstrate through their work their ability to interpret and analyze texts in their cultural, historical, and experiential contexts.
  4. Students will demonstrate through their work their ability to interpret and analyze texts in relation to one another.