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Marites L Mendoza
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

US Literature and the Experience of the Foreign

Literary texts can offer modes through which writers and readers experience and understand what is outside the U.S., especially through the seeming confines of generic and formal conventions. In this course, we will read and write about literature that challenges and builds the coherence of “U.S. Literature� in ways that are dependent on what is foreign to it. In particular, our readings include literature by foreign figures writing in and from the U.S, but whose work reflects and refracts difference (racial, sexual, and otherwise), and in doing so, negotiates the requirements for inclusion in the nation.

These big questions will be brought into sharper focus through our concentrated study of the the relationship between the U.S. and literature. We will ask what it means to be included in the canon of U.S. literature, and what is lost and gained in grouping literary texts according to U.S. nationality, especially when many of the writers we will read are considered or consider themselves part of a diaspora.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Since this is a “W” course, reading tasks will be coupled with a good deal of writing, workshopping your writing, and responding to classmates’ writing. Much of the course will be given to practicing close reading techniques and constructing well argued, engaging literary analyses.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Weekly responses, two close-reading short essays, one 6-8 page essay, group research project, and participation and preparation on a regular basis


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 Marites L Mendoza
Date: 09/23/2011