ENGL 242 F: Reading Prose Fiction

Margins and Centers: Who's In, Who's Out, & Why that matters for all of us

Meeting Time: 
W 4:00pm - 7:50pm
Location: 
SIG 225
SLN: 
13785
Instructor:
photo of Anu Taranath
Anu Taranath

Syllabus Description:

“Margins and Centers: who's in, who's out, and why that matters for all of us”

 

This class focuses on literature that will help us think about how people categorize each other on the basis of various social and biological features, including gender, race, ethnicity, language, citizenship status, sexuality, and ability. In all societies around the globe, some are part of the Center--often with status and the power to make and enforce rules--and some are relegated to the Margin--often with less power and subject to the rules and regulations that the Center dictates. These dynamics play out in terms of international relations between countries on the world stage, as well as in our own seemingly smaller lives with family and friends. What's going on? Why does this keep happening? And what does this have to do with you and me? The novels we read this term will help us imagine people who might seem different from us, and provoke us to ask larger questions about identity, power, privilege, society and the role of culture in our lives.

This is a special class associated with University of Washington in the High School:

 What is UWHS? A program in which high school students can take UW courses and earn UW credit at their own school. “Margins and Centers” will be taught concurrently at 4 area high schools in Spring 2015: Franklin HS, Eastlake HS, Kentlake HS and Roosevelt HS. The 5 high school teachers and your professor have extensively collaborated on this course for the past year through the Texts and Teachers Program, and are thrilled to be teaching and learning together in this way. Throughout the quarter, we will interact with high school teachers and students from all 4 schools, and will host an all-schools Symposium in late May at the UW campus!   

Additional Details:

Margins and Centers: who's in, who's out, and why that matters for all of us”
This class focuses on literature that will help us think about how people categorize each other on the basis of various social and biological features, including gender, race, ethnicity, language, citizenship status, sexuality, and ability. In all societies around the globe, some are part of the Center--often with status and the power to make and enforce rules--and some are relegated to the Margin--often with less power and subject to the rules and regulations that the Center dictates. These dynamics play out in terms of international relations between countries on the world stage, as well as in our own seemingly smaller lives with family and friends. What's going on? Why does this keep happening? And what does this have to do with you and me? The novels we read this term will help us imagine people who might seem different from us, and provoke us to ask larger questions about identity, power, privilege, society and the role of culture in our lives.

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 - 11:20am