My studies covered literary theories like Marxism, New Criticism, and Formalism way back in LIT-200, and LIT-300 is merely more of the same. Like I said about LIT-200, it’s a lot. Take heart, though, because any student who did well in that course should have no trouble here.
I’m the kind of person who listens to podcasts about language, like Word Matters from Merriam-Webster, so this class should have been right up my alley. And it was! Except when it wasn’t. Hold on, I’ll explain.
This is why I went back to school. The beginning workshop in ENG-329 was good, and I expected this course to build on it; I wasn’t disappointed.
Finally. I’d been looking forward to this class for over a year and it did not disappoint. I enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University to become a better writer. To my mind, everything so far either built up to this or was merely a delay. ENG-226 and ENG-340 had some great writing opportunities, but ENG-329 was the first class to focus exclusively on writing and peer workshops.
It’s about what you’d expect from a 300-level course simply titled “Shakespeare.” There’s a lot of reading, a lot of writing, and for a lot of us, a lot of frustration. I think most of what I didn’t like comes down to the pacing of the course and the scope of the project.
Like a history class, I thought that World Mythology might be a great source of inspiration for my own stories. Where HIS-200 failed to be engaging, I did find World Mythology to be interesting, a bit challenging, and even fun.
English 340 was a roller coaster of a class for me—and not like the little kiddie coasters. This could be a premium ride at Six Flags. Super high highs, super low lows, corkscrews, and at one point I was pretty sure I was upside-down.
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