Critical interpretation and meaning in works of prose fiction, representing a variety of types and periods.
English 242B: Reading Fiction. Through critical reading, discussion and writing, we will develop the necessary interpretive skills to make works written over the past hundred years both compelling and accessible. Core themes involve interactions between agency and authority, violence and ideology and history and identity. Readings include short novels Heart of Darkness (by Polish author Joseph Conrad), The Lazarus Project (by Bosnian-American novelist Aleksandar Hemon), The Yacoubian Building (by Egyptian writer Alaa Al Aswany) and Eat the Document, set in Seattle (by contemporary American author Dana Spiotta). Students will have an opportunity to develop their writing skills through short essays and essay exams and consultation with the instructor, a member of the faculty in English and Interdisciplinary Writing.
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