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Nancy L Kool
B CUSP 190
Bothell Campus

Contemporary Literature

Critically engages with contemporary fiction, poetry, drama, cross-genre writing, or new media texts to investigate questions such as methods of interpretation, cultural identity, historiography, gender formations, or political analysis. Offered: ASp.

Class description

OUTLAW LANDSCAPES in AMERICAN LITERATURE. Our focus will be the relationship between the individual, especially the rebel and other nonconformists, and quintessentially American landscapes: wide-open spaces, the shifting "landscape" of U.S. and global politics, and the often surreal interior territories of the madman, the visionary, and the drug user. Moving from first-wave Romanticism, we'll concentrate on how this influential movement's values -- individualism, rebellion, and the search for authentic experience -- are reshaped in the context of late-20th- and 21st-century America.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Class discussion with minimal lecture.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Regular journal-writing and short, formal, responses (e.g. paragraphs). Two short (~3-page) essays.

Class participation and contribution (includes 1 oral presentation) (15%) Homework (including 1 group project) 15% Essays (35%) Midterm (15%) Final (20%)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nancy L Kool
Date: 05/02/2012