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Stephanie L Costa
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

This class will introduce students to critical reading strategies across a variety of genres, including novels, drama, short stories, poems, film, and experimental writing.

Each of texts in this class shares a common focus on the human body. By reading, discussing, and writing about our texts, we will inquire into the representation of the body and its connection to writing. In what ways are bodies “written" How do we understand the body in writing? What happens when we write on a body or with a body?

Texts will include: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Neil La Bute’s The Shape of Things, Sarah Hall’s The Tattoo Artist, Shelley Jackson’s “Skin", Doug Wright’s Quills, and the Peter Greenaway film The Pillow Book, among others.

This course satisfies the “W" requirement, which means that students will be required to produce 10-15 pages of graded writing throughout the quarter. This will take the form of several short response papers and one final essay of roughly 10 pages in length. Other assignments may include short presentations and reading quizzes.

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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 Stephanie L Costa
Date: 11/13/2013