English 40 - Fall, 2014

Introductory Topics in Literature

    Topic: Literature & Pop: Culture in the Time of Masses

Class Information

Instructor: Clover, Joshua
CRN: 63802
Time: MWF 11:00-11:50
Location: 26 Wellman


    This course is designed as an introduction to the critical study of literature. Toward developing various methods and approaches for reading literary texts, we will consider major works of English-language literature in relation to popular culture -- from movies and television to pop songs and architecture. Sometimes this will mean grasping the ways literature is like pop culture, sometimes, the ways it is distinct, and sometimes the moments when literature IS pop culture. Behind this all will be one very simple fact: pop culture itself is a very peculiar thing, only possible within certain historical developments. So we'll think about that too.

    Readings will be available by PDf on smartsite, or online.


    Participation: 5 pts
    Four sets of reading notes: 5 pts each
    Three quizzes: 10 pts each
    Final exam: 20 pts
    One essay: 25 points