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Jessica L. Burstein
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.

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Love’s Forms This course covers poetry, drama, fiction, and film. That’s a lot. Our theme will be love—ideal, adulterous, romantic, erotic, marital, theistic—which, while not mutually exclusive, is also a lot. The goals will be to (1) examine the ways that the various forms engage the presentation of the experience; (2) discuss the texts in their own right; and (3) have the student emerge with some sense of the distinctiveness of literary forms, as well as ways of talking about literature as a whole. We will examine questions that the texts present, overtly or otherwise: is it better to be the lover or the beloved? What is the relation between love and other forms of passion? Hence our course title: “Love’s Forms.? Texts are likely to include: a selection of short stories; Ford Madox Ford’s novel The Good Soldier and Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac, poems by Shakespeare, Dorothy Parker, e.e. cummings, John Donne, Rita Dove, Robert Lowell, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Gerard Manley Hopkins; Tony Kushner’s play and the film adaptation Angels in America. The class is discussion-based, with 5 two-page response papers—framed around the presentation of a question—due each week.

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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 Jessica L. Burstein
Date: 05/12/2013