English 179

Literature and Linguistics

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2012 Hanson, Kristin
TTh 12:30-2 new room: 104 Barrows

Book List

Heany, S.: Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (bilingual edition); Woolf, V.: Mrs. Dalloway


The medium of literature is language. This course will explore this relationship through a survey of literary forms defined by linguistic forms, and through consideration of how these literary forms are both like and unlike forms of non-literary language. These literary forms include meter; rhyme and alliteration; syntactic parallelism and other syntactic structures special to poetry; formulas of oral composition; and special narrative uses of pronouns, tenses and other subjective features of language to express point of view and render 'represented speech and thought'. The emphasis will be on literature in English, but comparisons with literature in other languages will also be drawn. No knowledge of linguistics will be presupposed, but linguistic concepts will be introduced, explained and used.

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