5. Course Requirements
The class format will emulate a graduate-level seminar, heavy on student-led discussion. At this point in your college career, you probably understand that my role as your instructor is not to divulge "the right answer" for you to memorize and spit back for credit. The professor who taught lit crit to me, E. D. Hirsch, Jr.,
pointed out that criticism is a skill that you do, rather than a set of
facts to memorize. 
Instead, you will be asked to demonstrate your ability to apply a particular critical theory to an assigned literary text, backing up your analysis with specific evidence from both the academic and literary sources.
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 I recall Hirsch's statement as particularly significant, because at the time he made it, he was famous for a series of essays and books promoting his concept of "cultural literacy" -- his observation that educated people share a common core of facts and concepts, that are necessary for comprehension of complex subjects; he has argued that the public school system is failing precisely because teachers focus on nebulous "critical thinking skills" rather than spending time teaching content.