My major moments of discovery about literature this term were related to the importance of looking at literary works from different perspectives. One example was when we discussed how a single text can be interpreted in various ways depending on the reader’s individual experiences, values and beliefs. For instance, our reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 provided insight into how two people can read the same poem but come away with very different interpretations due to their own respective backgrounds and understanding of the world. This helped me understand that literature is not just about what is written on paper, but it is also reflective of one’s personal experiences which shape how they then see a particular work.
In terms of writing about literature, my biggest takeaway was that every essay should have an argument – even if it is simply examining narrative structure or character development. By having an argument as its foundation (which may involve analysis/synthesis based on multiple sources), I learned that it was easier to craft cohesive papers because everything pointed back towards this main point rather than simply listing observations with no direction or purpose. It also helped me develop critical thinking skills by requiring me to make connections between various pieces of evidence & draw my own conclusions based off research material.
As we wrap up our time together, lets spend the final week reflecting on key ideas you’ve learned this term. What were your major moments of discovery about literature? About writing about literature? Can you apply these skill sets to future CSU-Global academic writing? To workplace writing? To personal writing?
These skill sets are applicable to both academic & workplace writing since both involve making carefully crafted arguments backed up by reliable sources. For example, future CSU-Global courses will likely require students to write essays where they must select & defend thesis statements based off scholarly articles/books while also utilizing proper formatting standards (APA or MLA). In terms of technical documents such as memos or reports for work purposes—I now understand better why these types documents often contain lists/diagrams outlining complex processes since these visual aids help readers comprehend large amounts information more quickly without getting lost in long descriptions filled with jargon.
As for personal writing—these newfound skills could prove useful if ever I decide to pursue projects like memoirs (where I would need describe events accurately) or essays focused around topics which demand clear explanations supported facts (such as science-related subjects). Furthermore, being able look at issues through multiple lenses has allowed me gain greater appreciation for other points view while still maintaining my own opinion; this makes conversations much more interesting now that know why certain things are said rather than blindly accepting them without further thought. Thus overall, studying literature has improved not only my ability construct well-crafted papers but also opened door new possibilities surrounding communication & self-expression too!