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Colette V Moore
ENGL 374
Seattle Campus

The Language of Literature

Roles of explicitly describable language features in the understanding and appreciation of various verbal forms. Emphasis on literature, but attention also may be given to nonliterary prose and oral forms.

Class description

This course investigates the ways that literary texts structure and use language. Employing tools from linguistics and stylistics, we will analyze aspects of literary texts: sound, meter, lexicon, discourse structure, style, pragmatic strategies, varieties of English, and narrative orientation. Texts will be drawn from several literary genres: fiction, poetry, and drama. Over the term, we will develop and use this linguistic "toolbox" to construct sophisticated perspectives and arguments about literary texts. Requirements include two papers, short writing assignments, and several 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 Colette V Moore
Date: 11/14/2008