LIT 306

Comedy in Literature

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

The history, forms, techniques and theories of comedy in literature are studied in this course. Typical materials covered include comedies by Shakespeare, Chekhov and Moliere; broadcasts by Garrison Keillor; and films by Woody Allen and Charlie Chaplin.

Prerequisites

Learning outcomes

General

  • Interpret comedic works, applying biographical and/or cultural evidence as relevant at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Know the historical and aesthetic development of comedic literature as a literary genre at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Master the integration of literary evidence into the students own writing, including standard formatting and citation practices at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Read and respond to comedic literature with intelligence and sensitivity at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Articulate substantial and clearly presented responses to comedic literature at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Conduct literary analysis that is responsive to details and to complexities of text and theme in comedic works at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with subgenres of comedic literature, and understand the development and characteristics of these subgenres at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.