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Nancy C. White
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.

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Modern novelists have drawn deeply on the wellspring of Classical mythology, including the myths of Odysseus, Prometheus, Hercules, and Theseus, Ariadne, and the Minotaur, to name a few. While this course acts as an introduction to Greek and Roman mythology through in-depth examinations of several of the most well-known and seminal Greek myths, the majority of the course will be devoted to studying how and why Western authors throughout the ages have used and transformed them. Sometimes, the myth has been employed as a structuring device; at other times, as artistic embellishment. Often, a mythological parallel is suggested as an analogy or contrast to the world in which the author lived. Students will read excerpts from Greek and Roman myth as well as modernist versions of the same stories. Texts include: Homer’s Odyssey, Atwood’s Penelopiad, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Boffa’s You’re An Animal, Viskovitz!, Aeschylus’s Prometheus Bound, Moore’s Promethea, and Shelley’s Frankenstein, amongst others. Moreover, in order to satisfy writing credit, students will be asked to complete several short writing assignments and one longer essay, which will be outlined, edited and revised. Additionally, students may be asked to complete in-class quizzes or free writes as well as to engage in peer-editing and writing workshops.

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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 Nancy C. White
Date: 02/04/2013