By the end of the two terms, students should be more conscious, self-critical readers. They should have developed:
- The ability to recognize and describe their own responses and their own interpretive strategies.
- The discipline and stamina to tackle long, complex texts on a tight reading schedule.
- Techniques for reading closely (effective annotating, note-taking).
- In particular, students should demonstrate the ability to:
- Read closely with attention to rhetorical and expressive possibilities of literature.
- Read for the big picture, appreciating the rhetorical structures and strategies of the entire work as a framework for more detailed observations.
- Read in a historically informed way; show a sense for seeing a work as a historical artifact that interacts complexly with the social, political, and cultural realities of its time; be accountable for the basic parameters of a work's historical contextualization (dates, places, languages, genres, intellectual traditions).
- Read intertextually; begin to see literary works in dialogue with other works and with a broader cultural tradition.