The importance of rhyme and meter in X.J. Kennedy's poetry.
The development of dramatic character, by playwright and by actor, is illustrated through several interpretations of a single scene from Hamlet and an interview with Shakespearean actor John Vickery.
Dramatizations of six poems that share the same subject help clarify the difference between subject and theme. Close analysis of poems by John Donne and Donald Hall explore the interrelationship between poetic form and meaning.
Plot and Structure in Short Fiction.
X.J. Kennedy; rhyme, meter, form.
Metaphors, similes; Gary Soto's "Oranges."
Lucille Clifton; imagery.
Historical settings; Maxine Kumin.
D.H. Lawrence; N. Scott Momaday.
Maxine Hong Kingston; style and meaning.
Susan Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers"; Stephen Dixon.
Tillie Olson's "I Stand Here Ironing."
Frank O'Connor's "First Confession"; Ernest Gaines.
The essay's development; politics and printing.
Critical approaches; upcoming scenes.
A course overview.
Interpreting classic and contemporary texts.
Set designer Chris Barecca; theaters.
Character development; John Vickery.
Dramatizations; August Wilson.
The Icarus myth; Marge Piercy.
Alice Walker's "Everyday Use."
Oedipus Rex; dramatist A.R. Gurney.
Poetry's role; James Dickey.
Subject vs. theme; form and meaning.
Stephen Crane's "The Blue Hotel."
Literature's impact on the individual.
"M. Butterfly"; "Hamlet."
Eskimo myth; "Oedipus Rex."
Literature's past, present and future.