Personal Reflection on the Meaning of Literature

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Week 1

Required Readings

a. Chapter One – Experiencing a Story, a Poem, a Play
b. Chapter Two – Responding to Literary Experiences
c. Chapter Three – Additional Selections for Reading and Reflection Chapter 3.1 – Short Stories
Chapter 3.2 – Poetry
d. Chapter Sixteen – Literary Criticism: A Brief Overview

Discussions
| Week 1 - DQ1 - Personal Reflection on the Meaning of Literature and Y - ENG 125 - ENG125 Introduction to Literature - AU | Personal Reflection on the Meaning of Literature and Your Relationship to It.

Describe your personal relationship to literature and to reading. Begin by considering the meaning of literature. What does the term literature mean to you? What makes something literary in your own mind? If literature means different things to different people, who defines what is and what is not literature? Next, reflect on your relationship to reading and literature. What kind of reading engages/interests you? What about that writing draws you in? Do you find meaning in reading certain writing? If so, describe the satisfaction you draw from this process. Also consider how you read. Do you, for example, take notes or mark text as you read, or do you simply absorb the material on a page? | Week 1 - DQ2 - Examples of Key Literary Terms - ENG 125 - ENG125 Introduction to Literature - AU | Examples of Key Literary Terms.

Review the key literary terms and concepts presented throughout Chapters One and Two. (See the end of each chapter for a glossary of terms.) Choose at least four of these terms to discuss in your post. Then, find examples of these concepts in the readings from this week. Explain how these examples demonstrate each literary concept as well as the effect which the given technique or form has on a reading of the respective text.

Assignments
| Week 1 - Assignment - Reading Reflection - ENG 125 - ENG125 Introduction to Literature - AU | a. Explain why the literary work captured your interest, using terms and concepts from the text to support your explanation. b. Describe one of the analytical approaches outlined in Chapter 16, using details from the text to support your interpretations. c. Evaluate the meaning of the selected literary work, using the analytical approach you described.

Your paper should be organized around a thesis statement about the selected literary work and the approach you are using to analyze the work. All sources must be properly cited. The paper must include a separate title and reference page, and be formatted to APA style.

The paper must be two to four pages in length (excluding the title and reference page), and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least two scholarly resources (at least one of which can be found in the Ashford Online Library) other than the textbook to support your claims and subclaims. Cite your resources in text and on the reference page. Week 2 

Required Readings

a. Chapter Four – The Short Story
b. Chapter Five – Short Story: Plot, Point of View, Tone
c. Chapter Six – Short Story: Setting and Character
d. Chapter Seven – Short Story: Theme and Symbolism
e. Chapter Eight – Readings for Exploration of Short Story Concepts and Forms Chapter 8.1 – An Example for Exploration of Plot, First-Person Point of View, and Ironic Tone Chapter 8.2 – An Example for Exploration of Plot, First-Person Point of View, and Ironic Tone Chapter 8.3 – An Example for Exploration of Theme and Symbolism

Discussions
| Week 2 - DQ1 - Analyzing Point of View - ENG 125 - ENG125 Introduction to Literature - AU | Analyzing Point of View.

Chapter Five discusses the importance of point of view in literature and, more specifically, in the short story. Choose one short story from the course text about which you have not yet written, and analyze it in terms of point of view. When writing your post, consider the following...
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