98年第2學期-0094 文學作品導讀（二） 課程資訊
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The aim of Introduction to Western Literature I, II, & III is to help students improve their ability to read carefully, think critically, and express themselves cogently, by engaging in close study of literary works. The course thus aims to help improve their thinking skills, English-language skills, and cultural/literary knowledge.
The works are chosen for their merit as literature and their usefulness in illustrating specific features of short fiction, poetry, and drama. Besides the features, we also focus on recurrent themes. The fiction syllabus centers on eight basic elements of fiction (plot, character, setting, point of view, style, imagery, symbol, and theme), through close reading of roughly 10 modern short stories. The stories are arranged thematically to reflect current social concerns so that students can appreciate, respond and argue persuasively.
To introduce three major western literary genres （fiction, poetry, drama） over a 3-semester course, and to strengthen students in reading, analyzing, and discussing works of literature from a discerning and critical standpoint.
In each of three semesters students are introduced to both representative and non-traditional texts in fiction, poetry and drama respectively. Students read closely, think critically, and evaluate texts chosen to elucidate critical ideas introduced in class. Class meetings include instructor-led textual examination, student-generated discussion, and individual or group presentations of selected works.