ENGL 300 A: Reading Major Texts

Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
Location: 
CDH 717
SLN: 
14111
Instructor:
Michelle Liu
Michelle Liu

Syllabus Description:

This course is framed by two sets of questions. One set is focused on examining the cultural value assigned to fictional narratives. Why are some texts deemed “major” and others not? Who decides what is major (besides Oprah)? How does knowing that a text is “major” change what we notice in a text? And how has does the value of literature change in an electronic era?

The other set of questions is focused on the relationship between reading and self-making. How does reading shape how we see ourselves? In what ways does reading both foster and foil the compassion we feel for others?

We will read Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, and Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, supplemented by selected theory on narrative and aesthetics. In order to best develop answers to the organizing questions of the course, I will be asking you to practice some different forms of analytical writing this quarter. Some writing will be of the kind expected in traditional English class analyses, but others will use more open formats to better access the deep and myriad ways that reading affects our imagining of ourselves and our culture.

For syllabus, course policies, and reading schedule, click here: English 300 AQ15 syllabus Canvas.docx

click here for the new reading schedule for week 8: 2nd_revised_schedule_weeks_7_X_8.docx

Additional Details:

Engl 300 Course Description AQ 15

This course is framed by two sets of questions. One set is focused on examining the cultural value assigned to fictional narratives. Why are some texts deemed “major” and others not? Who decides what is major (besides Oprah)? How does knowing that a text is “major” change what we notice in a text? And how has does the value of literature change in an electronic era?
The other set of questions is focused on the relationship between reading and self-making. How does reading shape how we see ourselves? In what ways does reading both foster and foil the compassion we feel for others?
We will read Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, David Shield’s How Literature Saved My Life, and a third book that will be announced later, supplemented by selected theory on narrative, genre, and aesthetics. In order to best develop answers to the questions in the previous two paragraphs, I will be asking you to practice some different forms of analytical writing this quarter. Some writing will be of the kind expected in traditional English class analyses, but others will use more open formats to better access the deep and myriad ways that reading affects our imagining of ourselves and our culture.
Please note that I do not get addcodes until the first week of class.

Catalog Description: 
Intensive examination of one or a few major works of literature. Classroom work to develop skills of careful and critical reading. Book selection varies, but reading consists of major works by important authors and of selected supplementary materials.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
March 16, 2016 - 12:38pm