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Su-Ching Wang
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 is designed to critically examine the changing role of women and their reproductive labor in literature. Through reading a variety of literary texts such as Charlotte Perkin Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892), Ann Petry’s The Street (1946), Maxine Hong Kingston’s “No Name Woman” (1975), and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), we will investigate how women across class and color lines negotiate and redefine their feminine subjectivities through the discourse of domesticity and the practice of housework. In this reading and writing intensive class, students are required to actively participate in class activities and discussions. Assignments include presentations, weekly in-class writing, GoPost reading responses, and three 5-page research papers (revisions required).

*This course satisfies the University of Washington’s “W” requirement.

Required Texts: Ann Petry, The Street; Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale; Course Pack (available at the AVE copy center)

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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 Su-Ching Wang
Date: 02/05/2011