Tasha M Buttler
B CUSP 190
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.
This class will engage modern and contemporary fiction, poetry, and film to investigate representations of desire across cultures.
Student learning goals
We will be learning to question the source and function of inherited values as they are passed down and adopted, often without conscious choice, through language. This will involve critical thinking and investigations of language use.
We will be developing research skills by summarizing the views of critics and learning to discern sources for our own writing.
This course is primarily aimed at expanding our knowledge about other cultures, not by reading about other cultures, but by reading works from a variety of authors from around the world.
Because of the methods we'll engage in this class we will be building team and leadership skills, as well as sharpening assessment of our own role in a civic community.
This class will help you to strengthen your writing and speaking skills.
General method of instruction
Small group discussions, seminaring, close reading.
Read fiction--any fiction--to prepare.
Class assignments and grading
Several short papers and one expository final paper