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About This Course

With the help of the first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, Part I, this course intends to present to students the basic skills in reading a novel. With the first half of the semester devoted to close-reading and vocabularies, the second half of the semester would be concentrated on cultural impact of the novel: its position in the Western literary history and how it serves as a reflection of the historical and cultural background of the British Society in late nineteenth-century. Through close-reading and cultural study of this detective story, students would ultimately learn how to read a novel by themselves – how to learn the vocabularies and grammars, how to understand the plot, and how to make use of the novel as a way to probe into the culture and history that produced this work.


Basic English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Interested in proving your English skills and developing reading habit.

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Katherine L. Yao

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Everyone interested in English and Literature

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We will provide the English original texts and the English texts with Chinese annotaiton. Please check the textbook session for your reference.

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    May 01, 2016