ENGL 242 A: Reading Prose Fiction

House of Leaves

Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 8:30am - 9:20am
Location: 
CDH 105
SLN: 
14064
Instructor:
Szu-Han (Sophia) Chen

Syllabus Description:

In this course we will be reading Mark Z Danielewski's House of Leaves. A labyrinth of a novel, it is a work filled with many stairs, corridors, empty rooms, and occasional snares. Some call it a horror story. Some call it a love story. Some call it one big meta puzzle. What will the House mean to you? Come participate in discussions and argue for your own interpretations!

Although the House can be read in various ways, and the readers may feel (relatively) free to explore in any direction they wish, this novel/House/course is especially recommended for those who enjoy metafiction and/or postmodern literature.

As a W-credit course, students will be expected to compose a few pieces of shorter writings and one longer essay before the end of the quarter. When selecting this course, please take it into consideration that we will spend most of the quarter navigating through -- or trapped in -- the same novel. Therefore, if you have never heard of the House, you may want to look for an introduction or a blurb online beforehand. Just be wary of spoilers!

  • Required text: Mark Z Danielewski, House of Leaves.
  • Recommended text: Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths.

Additional Details:

Course: ENGL 242 A
Instructor: Szu-Han Sophia Chen
Course Subtitle: House of Leaves

In this course we will be reading Mark Z Danielewski's _House of Leaves_. A labyrinth of a novel, it is a work filled with many stairs, corridors, empty rooms, and occasional snares. Some call it a horror story. Some call it a love story. Some call it one big meta puzzle. What will the House mean to you? Come participate in discussions and argue for your own interpretations!

Although the House can be read in various ways, and the readers may feel (relatively) free to explore in any direction they wish, this novel/House/course is especially recommended for those who enjoy metafiction and/or postmodern literature.

As a W-credit course, students will be expected to compose a few pieces of shorter writings and one longer essay before the end of the quarter. When selecting this course, please take it into consideration that we will spend most of the quarter navigating through -- or trapped in -- the same novel. Therefore, if you have never heard of the House, you may want to look for an introduction or a blurb online beforehand. Just be wary of spoilers!

- Required text: Mark Z Danielewski, _House of Leaves_
- Recommended text: Jorge Luis Borges, _Labyrinths_

Catalog Description: 
Critical interpretation and meaning in works of prose fiction, representing a variety of types and periods.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
March 16, 2016 - 12:38pm