Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Daniel C Nelson
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 course positions literature as an artistic space where questions about humanity can be explored through the mediums of character, setting, plot, and narration. Specifically, the course will take an embattled character—the devil of Christianity—and examine how authors have used the character to make statements about mankind’s value, basic nature, and capacity for redemption. Looking across genres and across centuries at favorable descriptions of the devil will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of this figure, as well as prepare them to grapple with the question of why this supposed embodiment of evil is so often depicted as humorous, likeable, or sympathetic to mankind.

Students of the course will be asked to focus their careful reading practices with argumentative writing. At the conclusion of the course, students will be expected to make their own highly- polished, well-researched arguments regarding the nature of the devil in the texts the course has read. Because of its intense focus on wide-ranging texts and writing ability, this course fulfills the W credit and the VLPA credit for the University of Washington. Students will be expected to write 4 short papers (2-3 pages) and one longer paper (5-7 pages) in order to acquire the W credit.

- Texts - Course Reader Benet, Stephen Vincent. The Devil and Daniel Webster. ISBDN: 978-0822203032 Gaiman, Neil. The Sandman Volume 4: Season of Mists ISBDN: 978-1563890413 Milton, John. Paradise Lost (Norton Critical ed.) ISBDN: 978-0393924282 Warner, Sylvia Townsend. Lolly Willowes. ISBDN: 978-0940322165

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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 Daniel C Nelson
Date: 03/23/2011