Are you a reader of fiction? Do you read simply to escape or do you want more from your reading? If the answer is the latter, then perhaps you'd be interested in online literature courses being offered by LitLovers, a site for book discussion groups.
LitLovers currently offers ten courses:
1 Literature Matters: Why We Read
2 The Novel: A Mirror of the World
3 How to Read: Finding Meaning
4 How to Read: Title & Setting
5 How to Read: Character
6 How to Read: Plot
7 How to Read: Point of View
8 How to Read: Irony
9 How to Read: Symbolism
10 How to Read: Theme
Each course has "required" reading--a short story or two--that illustrates the literary concepts being taught. The best part is the courses are free and the required readings are included on the site.
Of course, you could always visit us here at the library and borrow How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom [028 BLO] for a basic literature course in a book.
"America's wisest, most prolific reader—and the New York Times best-selling author of Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human-—draws on his more than 40 years as a college professor and critic to help readers attain a truly profound engagement with great literature."