ENGL 009Z. First-Year Seminar: Close Reading and Its Discontents

What is close reading? How do we do it? What is its (unexpectedly complex) history? And what might it mean for us to reject it? We will study close readings of all kinds of text (from John Donne poems and Jane Austen novels to car advertisements and Tweets), practice traditional and experimental forms of close and distant reading, and write in several genres.
Writing course.
1 credit.
Spring 2020. Buurma.
Catalog chapter: English Literature  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/english-literature

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