Mark S Byron
Techniques and practice in reading and enjoying literature. Examines some of the best works in English and American literature and considers such features of literary meaning as imagery, characterization, narration, and patterning in sound and sense. Emphasis on literature as a source of pleasure and knowledge about human experience.
For SUMMER 2003: On a general level, all literature involves an alternative to lived reality – this is a powerful motive for writing and reading literature. This course seeks to ask: what might drive a writer to construct an especially radical fictionality, an entirely alternate world? This course will explore several texts, from the Renaissance to the contemporary, to try to find possible ways of reading these different (and yet still familiar) worlds. By analyzing different genres – drama, novel, memoir, film – we will attempt to formulate motivations (political, social, psychological, gender) for creating, and reading, such challenging texts. (Additional to the list below, we will look at a selection of surrealist films by Luis Bunuel and Jean Cocteau.)
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