This course will increase the students' pleasure and appreciation of literature as a way to experience and understand life. The course will increase students' ability to speak and write perceptively about literature and life. Because the fictional world pervades real life--even dominates it for many people, via TV if nothing else--skill in recognizing theme is very important.
Good attendance and class participation are needed, so students should try to anticipate class discussion--some of the same questions apply to various literary works and recur in class and on tests. But students are encouraged to also contribute questions and comments that occur to them as they read a given work.