What do we mean by "voice" when we discuss literature? How does the author's voice affect the development of character? How do writers use "voice" in establishing character?
How do other literary elements augment and illuminate text, voice and meaning?
Students will engage in Socratic seminars in their discussions of the text, putting to use their interpretive skills and citing evidence. They will also consider the relevance of the text to real life situations and whether issues of importance to particular groups also reveal something about the society as a whole.
A series of comparative essays based on the texts read and the themes that guide the course.