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Samantha Simon
ENGL 111
Seattle Campus

Composition: Literature

Study and practice of good writing; topics derived from reading and discussing stories, poems, essays, and plays. Cannot be taken if student has already received a grade of 2.0 or higher in either ENGL 111, ENGL 121, or ENGL 131.

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Slavery and Literature

In this class we will develop writing strategies by reading and writing about slave narratives produced in the antebellum United States. Using Benedict Anderson's theoretical framework for thinking about nationalism and community formation, we will read Harriet Jacobs' "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" and speeches by Frederick Douglass to think about how the genre of the slave narrative challenges concepts of "nationalism" emerging at this time. This theme will provide the framework for your writing assignments.

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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 Samantha Simon
Date: 02/28/2014