Good reading skills are essential to college study. What are the best means of reading well—forging deeper and more rewarding relationships with books, especially in an age of endless electronic distractions? In this class students will build their skills and understanding via a range of highly effective strategies, including rereading, textual analysis, response writing, and recitation. Together we will apply these practices to three masterful explorations of the human heart, each with an eye to the workings of society as well: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. The overall objective is to become more resourceful, effective, and insightful readers.
To participate successfully in this course, students will need a consistent high-speed internet connection and a reliable laptop computer or tablet. Expect 3.5 hours of Zoom contact time per week; we will also make use of Canvas in conducting the class. The faculty will offer alternative assignments, as appropriate, if conditions prevent students from attending some of our online meetings. Join us and expand your access to the world of reading!