Leroy F Searle
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.
Course Description: Comparative Literature 252 / English 200: The Novel Professor Leroy Searle Teaching Assistant: He, Qian Spring Quarter, 2014 M-Th 1:30-2:20 Kane Hall 220
VLPA and W course credit
This course, taught in two cross-listed sections (Comp Lit 252A and English 200G) will focus on reading prose fiction, with particular focus on the Novel. It makes no difference which section you select.
The principal focus will be the examination of longer fictional works as a primary mode of thinking and reasoning, following how imaginative engagement with recurrent and practical questions leads us to increasingly sophisticated and insightful revelations about experience. The novels selected all address, in very different ways, how our lives may be shaped by what, and how, we imagine particularly when we may not recognize initially the extent to which what we imagine and what we become are connected.
Over the course of the quarter, there will be three writing assignments, each precisely focused on issue of reading. The discussion sections will provide an opportunity to work through issues in reading, and to work in a focused way on writing. There will also be a weekly quiz (brief) on assigned readings for each week.
Texts: All in the UW Bookstore
NOTE: THESE EDITIONS ARE REQUIRED. DO NOT USE BOOKS YOU ALREADY HAVE. ALL ARE READILY AVAILABLE ON THE USED BOOK MARKET.
Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre. Dover Editions ISBN-10: 0486424499 Henry James: The Portrait of a Lady. Norton Crit Ed ISBN-10: 0393966461 Milan Kundera: The Book of Laughter & Forgetting. Harper ISBN-10:0060932147 J. M. Coetzee: Foe. Penguin Edition. ISBN-10: 842042496X Recommended: Kundera: The Art of Fiction. Harper ISBN-10: 0060093749
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