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Sarah Kathryn Moore
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

ENGL 200: Fairy Tales

The primary aim of this course is to introduce students to the practice and pleasure of critically reading literature. To do so, we will engage with contemporary re-tellings and re-imaginings of fairy tales in various genres including short story, music album, visual texts, and film.

Through the course of the quarter we will examine the enduring appeal of fairy tales and especially the irresistibility of telling and re-telling them to authors and artists of our own era. Course texts will include Philip Pullman’s new 'Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm', Angela Carter's 'The Bloody Chamber', an anthology of contemporary re-interpretations of fairy tales, the rock-operaesque Decemberists album 'The Hazards of Love', and other interpretations of fairy tales in visual media such as visual art and film.

Texts: Philip Pullman, 'Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm' Angela Carter, 'The Bloody Chamber' Kate Bernheimer, ed. 'My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales' Maria Tatar, ed. 'Classic Fairy Tales'

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The majority of our class time will be spent in small and large group discussions and activities, so expect to participate actively in every class period. There will also be occasional lectures.

Recommended preparation

Note that this course fulfills the UW’s “W” requirement and as such is writing intensive. We'll devote some of our class time to writing instruction, but this course assumes rhetorical awareness and a familiarity with the fundamentals of academic writing taught in "C" courses. It is strongly recommended that you complete the university's "C" requirement before enrolling in this class.

Class assignments and grading

As a "W" credit course you will complete two 5 to 7-page papers with the opportunity for revision as well as smaller in- and out-of-class writing assignments. Participation is also a large component of your grade.


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 Sarah Kathryn Moore
Date: 11/18/2013