Literary Textual Analysis (T)

200-level courses bearing the Literary Textual Analysis (T) designation are designed primarily to help students to refine their writing and literary analytical skills. These courses emphasize the thoughtful production of written work; the interpretation of rhetorical, symbolic and figurative language; and the meaning of implicit argumentation.


  • To present interpretive arguments in clear, well-organized essays.
  • To develop writing skills using more advanced compositional techniques than
    were used in English 105.
  • To understand the literary mode of textual analysis, which includes the use of symbolic and figurative use of language, intertextual reference, and metaphor, and how such a mode builds upon more fundamental textual analytical skills.
  • To understand how to read literary texts that use implicit arguments, the role that figurative language plays in the creation of such implicit arguments, and how such texts serve as models for students' own compositional skills.

Transferrable Skill:

Students can understand, evaluate, and produce interpretations of verbal works, generated by close textual analysis, which includes interpreting implicit arguments, rhetorical strategies, and literary language.