LITR - Literature

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • The student may contract for one to four credit hours of independent study through an agreement with the instructor. The student must submit a plan acceptable for the instructor and the department chairperson. To be substituted for the listed humanities requirements, a directed study course must be so designated by the department chair. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • The Short Story introduces the student to the study and appreciation of the short story as an art form. Reading selections will include stories by such masters as Joyce, Lawrence, Faulkner, Hemingway, and O'Connor, as well as recent works by Olson, Paley, and Barthelme. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • Children's Literature covers a broad range of literature for children from preschool to age twelve, as they encounter it through the home, the library, and the school. Picture books, the classics, folk and fairy tales, novels, and plays for children are presented in a critical context. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • Using both classic and contemporary literature, this course will explore how gender, race, class, and the influence of family and relationships affect how we see ourselves and how we are seen by others. The course will introduce the terms of literary study and analysis and include reading, discussion, papers, exams, and presentations. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • Introduction to Literature focuses on literature, thought and language. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions and lectures. Literary selections include novels, short stories, poems, and plays.

  • Major representative works of science fiction are read and discussed. Works selected contain the major themes present in science fiction in the 20th century. Readings, class discussion, and lectures are the basis for oral reports and written assignments which continue training in composition and encourage a broadening of interest in science and technology. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • This course focuses on film, thought, and language through the viewing and analysis of representative fiction films. Writing is continued in assignments related to film viewing, class discussions, and lectures. From readings and lectures, the student will become acquainted with basic technical terms and film theory, thus facilitating analysis of the more complex aspects of film history and production. Permission of the instructor may supersede prerequisite. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • The student may contract for one to four credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student must submit a plan acceptable to the instructor, and the department chair. To be substituted for the listed humanities requirements, a directed study course must be so designated by the department chair. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • Images of Women in Fiction is a reading and discussion course of significant representations of women in American and British fiction with emphasis on works that present the female in a variety of roles. Writing is continued in assignments and oral reports related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • This course focuses on a survey of the principles of poetry, the literary traditions of poetry, and the critical terminology to understand, to define, and to analyze poetry. Special attention is given to poetry written during the twentieth century. Classroom exercises and discussions emphasize the importance of close literary analysis; writing skills introduced in freshman composition and introduction to literature are reinforced.

  • This course will have students write creative non-fiction, focusing on the experience of travel. Student will read and be exposed to different works of non-fiction (travel writing and instructional, how-to writing), and published fiction (poetry, stories, and novels) revolving around travel. Class readings will also expose students to various writing styles and provide examples of the successes and strategies of other writers. Class time will be spent discussing the writer’s craft and the assigned readings, and critiquing student writing in a workshop setting.

  • Survey of American Literature I is the first of two courses surveying American Literature from the time of the Puritans to the present; it stresses the development of the American voice in literature through the critical study of such authors as Edwards, Franklin, Poe, Whitman, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Melville. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • Survey of British Literature I is the first of two courses surveying British literature from the Middle Ages to the present; this course examines literature in the Middle Ages, the Early Modern Period, and the Restoration and eighteenth century. Emphasis is placed on the critical study of works such as Beowulf and authors such as Malory, Chaucer, Julian of Norwich, Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Milton, Dryden, Defoe, Swift, Pope, Johnson, and Boswell. Writing is emphasized in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • This course is a continuation of Survey of American Literature I with special attention to the works of Twain, Howells, Dickinson, James, Crane, Dreiser, Robinson, Frost, O'Neill, Eliot, Hemingway, Faulkner, Baldwin, and Updike. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • A student may contract for an independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chairperson. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the process of the study.

  • Students will study selected literature of the past five centuries through the lens of a particular special topic, such as the African-American experience, or Life During Wartime, or Global Colonization, or the Women's Rights Movement, or Political Movements Left and Right, or any topic of special interest to the instructor and relevance to students. Reading from selected literary works, students will apply historical, literary, and rhetorical analyses to determine key elements of composition, argument, historical setting, sociological context, and cultural interpretation.

  • This course explores the relationship between humans and the natural world expressed in the literary form of nature writing. The thematic movement from discovery and description to environment, ecology, ecocriticism, and sustainability will be emphasized. Readings will be concentrated in American Literature, but works from other countries and cultures will be included. A variety of literary genres, including poems, journals, nonfiction essays, short stories, travel narratives, and excerpts from novels and nonfiction books will be examined.