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Andrew M Rose
ENGL 200
Seattle Campus

Reading Literary Forms

Covers techniques and practice in reading and enjoying literature in its various forms: poetry, drama, prose fiction, and film. Examines such features of literary meanings as imagery, characterization, narration, and patterning in sound and sense. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

English 200 is intended to encourage and develop practices of critical interpretation in the reading of literature. The environmental justice movement will operate as a critical framework for our reading, discussions and writing this quarter. Students will be expected to develop a firm grasp of the main problems, tensions, and questions that exist within this political and cultural tradition, and then enter into this critical discussion in their own writing.

In recent years (with issues of global warming, the energy crisis, etc. receiving attention in mainstream culture and within the university), there has been a growing interest in thinking the relationships between environment and culture. With this in mind, our main focus in this course will be on the ways in which non-fiction writing, fiction, and poetry of the 20th century represents, questions or challenges the relationship between environmentalism and other movements calling for social justice and racial equality.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This class is primarily discussion based and daily participation will constitute a significant amount of the total grade.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

This course fulfills a W credit. Students will write two 5-7 page papers over the course of the quarter, and will be required to revise their writing based on instructor and peer feedback.


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 Andrew M Rose
Date: 11/08/2009