LIT 292 - Darwin, London, and Literature
This course will examine Darwinian principles of natural selection in human society as evidenced through classic British literature: the works of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Austen, Bronte, and, most notably, Darwin's contemporary, Charles Dickens. The course will conclude with a trip to London where students will explore these concepts in more depth by visiting cultural and historical sites important to these writers and the history of Britain.
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Discuss with peers their ideas about the meanings of a literary work.
2. Apply techniques of close reading to help unravel difficult passages.
3. Research and discuss the historical and cultural contexts of an author's life and work.
4. Write clearly and persuasively about their interpretation of a literary work.
5. Appropriately apply the conventions of literary criticism, such as literary terms and critical approaches.
6. Show in class discussions as well as written work that they can persuasively relate one literary work to another, and/or to the culture from which it emerged.
7. Locate and cite reference and/or critical sources.
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