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Douglass M Furrh
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

We will explore the techniques and practice in reading and enjoying literature through the great works of American literature from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Specifically, we will look at the construction of a uniquely American ideology and the literary works that seek to engage, extend and/or subvert the assumptions and values central to its functioning. Major texts include speeches of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, essays of Emerson, Thoreau and Mark Twain, short stories of Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass’s Heroic Slave, and Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. We will also read the poetry of Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Allen Ginsberg.

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Last Update by Douglass M Furrh
Date: 09/14/2010