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Henry J. Staten
ENGL 202
Seattle Campus

Introduction to the Study of English Language and Literature

Gateway course designed for English pre-majors and majors. Introduces critical, historical, and theoretical frameworks important to studying the literature, language, and cultures of English. Concurrent registration with ENGL 197 required.

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For SPRING 2007: This course is intended to enable English majors to understand, and participate in, contemporary debates in literary history, literary criticism/theory, and the politics of interpretation. We will therefore discuss both literary and critical/theoretical works, always reflecting on the context within which our discussions take place. That is, we will reflect that we are in an English department in an American university at a specific moment in history, and that what we find in the works we read is not what other people at other times and places would have found; and we will attempt to understand the nature of the historical forces that create these differences. We will focus on three pivotal historical moments: the Renaissance (key literary figure Shakespeare; about 1600), Romanticism (key literary figure Wordsworth; about 1800); and modernity (key literary figure: Chinua Achebe). Types of literary theory that we will explore include: New Criticism, formalism, feminism, and cultural materialism. Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 197 required.

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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.
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Last Update by Sherry May Laing
Date: 02/12/2007