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.
The overall goal of ENGL 200 is to equip students with techniques for critically reading, responding, analyzing, and hopefully enjoying various kinds of literature. In this course, we will focus on how the idea of â€śhomeâ€? and â€śbelongingâ€? is constructed in different historical moments and through different literary forms. We will ask questions such as: how is home situated in relation to national, racial, and gendered discourses? How is the concept of home conditioned by structures of capitalism, globalization, and post-colonialism? What is the relationship between literature and its cultural and historical moment of production? In what ways does literature participate in, challenge, or reflect dominant conceptions of home?
Books may include: Harriet Wilsonâ€™s Our Nig (1859), Onoto Watannaâ€™s The Heart of Hyacinth (1903), Saul Bellowâ€™s Henderson the Rain King (1959), James Baldwinâ€™s Another Country (1962), Abdelrahman Munifâ€™s Cities of Salt (1984), Aimee Phanâ€™s We Should Never Meet (2005), Junot Diazâ€™s The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2006), and selections from Terry Eagleton, Raymond Williams, Lisa Lowe, Edward Said and others.
With each text we read, we will focus on developing close-reading practices that help us engage in and reflect on the reading process. We will also read accompanying works of literary theory and criticism in order to better situate our critical responses within existing conversations. In this course, students will develop their own method for â€śreading literature,â€? and have good practice engaging literary works (and, by association, other kinds of texts) on a complex, thoughtful, and critical level. As this is a â€śWâ€? class, course requirements include a demanding reading schedule, several short reading responses, active in-class participation, a group presentation, writing workshops with peer feedback, and a final paper.
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