Literature (LIT) Courses

LIT1020 Introduction to Literary Genres

This survey course prepares students to read, analyze and write about the major literary genres: poetry, fiction and drama. Students are exposed to a variety of forms and styles in each genre from a wide range of historical periods. Literary selections represent a diverse group of classic and contemporary writers, poets and playwrights. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
3 Semester Credits

LIT2030 African-American Literature

This course examines African-American literature in a variety of genres from its conception in the days of slavery to contemporary times. Emphasis is on the historical and social significance of major works of African-American literature as well as the unique artistic contributions of African-American authors to the American literature canon. Literary movements are examined in their historical, political, intellectual and social contexts through a number of contemporary theoretical perspectives.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1020 or ENG1024 or English placement.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
3 Semester Credits

LIT2070 Studies In The Short Story

This course prepares the student to read, analyze, and write about the short story from different critical perspectives. Students study representative authors and are exposed to a variety of forms and styles of the short story from a wide range of historical periods.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1020 or ENG1024 or English placement.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
3 Semester Credits

LIT2090 Multi-Ethnic Literature

This course introduces students to fiction, autobiography, poetry, drama and many other forms of literature by writers from many racial and ethnic backgrounds including African American, Asian American, Latino, Chicano, American Indian and more. Emphasis is placed on the historical context in which the writings have evolved as well as the problems encountered by these various cultural groups as they intersect with American culture. Through reading the literature of many cultures and countries, students search for the common themes that unite humanity across the globe.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1020 or ENG1024 or English placement.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
3 Semester Credits

LIT3001 Studies In Drama

This is an introductory course in the history of drama. Critical analyses of literary elements are conducted in the context of genres from the ancient Greeks to contemporary drama. Both written works and performances are examined and analyzed.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1021 or ENG1027.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
3 Semester Credits

LIT3015 Food In Film And Literature

This reading, screening and discussion-intensive course explores representations of food in both literature and film. Students examine how narratives are framed, how characters are developed, and how reoccurring themes of food are used symbolically and metaphorically. Utilizing a wide range of influential texts and select films, our inquiry includes extensive analyses of the role that food plays in contributing to the development of our cultural and personal identities as well as creating and maintaining communities. The readings and films provide a comprehensive overview of different time periods to allow for analyses of themes such as gluttony, desires and appetites, and celebrations of nature’s bounty among many others.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1021 or ENG1027. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
3 Semester Credits

LIT3018 Honors Seminar: Food in Film and Literature

This reading and writing-intensive Honors seminar traces the use of food as both subject and metaphor in literature and film throughout the ages. The first half of the course examines the relationships between food and philosophy, food and politics and food and history as portrayed through a wide variety of literary and film genres. The second half of the course focuses on analytical comparisons of food-centered texts and their film adaptations. Through discussion of course readings & screenings students develop an analytical perspective on the study of food in film & literature that they apply to a research project of their own design.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1027, honors status, sophomore status.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
3 Semester Credits

LIT4010 Science Fiction

This course analyses the evolution of science fiction from its early origins to the present. Fantastic and futuristic elements of plot are examined as social commentary. A variety of styles in several genres include traditional science fiction, fantasy, horror and cyberpunk.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1021 or ENG1027.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
3 Semester Credits

LIT4800 Advanced Studies in a Major Literary Figure

This course engages students in the historical study of the works of a major figure as one of the most influential writers of their time as well as today. This course provides an overview of the author’s life and writing, in historical and literary contexts. Students engage in close readings of the author’s works to explore the central tensions of the author’s time and relate these works to current trends in culture and literature. Students also review scholarship and apply critical methods to make sense of the author’s aesthetic achievements and relationship to these trends.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1021 or ENG1027.
Offered at Denver, North Miami
3 Semester Credits