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Barbara J Simons
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

ENGL 200C—Spring Quarter 2014 Reading Literature (Reading Literary Forms) Barbara Simons M-Th 10:30-11:20 Literature and Global Health In this course we will read literary narratives about individuals whose lives have been irreparably changed by the deterioration in global health and the environment. These narratives range from stories about the long-term health effects of testing nuclear bombs to the immediate health effects of the use of chemicals in corporate agricultural production. We will read both fiction and non-fiction to investigate choices of genre, figurative language, and themes to narrate how the local is connected to the global, the past with the present, and individuals with one another around the globe. In our search through narratives about the personal and collective crises precipitated by widespread damage to global health, we will consider ways to narrate our own responses to these crises. To this end, in our reading and writing, we will identify the strategies of writing deployed in different forms of literary expression. We will refine what it means to close-read and analyze complex literary texts. And we will consider each text in the broader context of historical, medical, and philosophical considerations. To complement the primary texts listed below, the Course Reader includes short stories and essays from a variety of literary and interdisciplinary perspectives, including Susan Sontag, Paul Farmer, John Murray, Alphonso Lingis, Bruno Latour, Vandana Shiva, and Ben E. Aigbokhan.

This class counts for "W" credit, and will require students to write two 5-7 page revisable papers. Students can also expect to write several informal reading responses and to participate in a group presentation. **Please note that students are expected to keep up with the weekly reading and are expected to come to class prepared to discuss and engage with the texts**

Required Texts: Available at University Bookstore: Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams ISBN 0-679-74024-4 Under the Feet of Jesus by Helen Maria Viramontes ISBN 0-452-27387-0 What is the What by Dave Eggers ISBN 978-0-307-38590-1 Available at Ave Copy Center, 4141 University Way NE, Suite 103: Course Reader

Student learning goals

Students will learn about literary forms for the representation of the global crisis in health in the 21st century.

Students will learn how narratives offer a deeper understanding of the connections between illness and culture, environmental pollution,and military conflicts.

Students will learn to write critical analyses of texts in order to offer their own perspectives on the contemporary global crisis in health.

Students will learn about the demands for innovation and experimentation in art to better respond to the immense changes in the biosphere in the early 21sr century.

General method of instruction

Class discussions; student presentations; peer review; and small group work

Recommended preparation

An inquisitive mind, an openness to the ideas of others, and an interest interest in the themes of this course will help students be active participants in this class.

Class assignments and grading

We will do lots of reading that is extremely interesting and challenging. Students will make Class Presentations throughout the quarter. Students will lead class discussions of the texts. Students will peer review each other's work. Students will participate in small and large group discussions on a daily basis.

Participation in Class Discussions, Peer Review, Reading Journals, and Class Presentations: 10% each/40% total of Course Grade Mid-Term Paper, 4-6 pages long: 25% of Course Grade Final Paper, 6-8 pages long: 35% of Course Grade


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 Barbara J Simons
Date: 02/10/2014