ENGL 200 B: Reading Literary Forms: Education and Development
ENGL 200 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.
In literary history, one important genre is the Bildungsroman, typically translated as “novel of development” or a “coming of age” novel; its narrative of the transition from adolescence into adulthood, and the development of character that entails, has had wide-spread implications in a number of cultural narratives over the last three hundred years. But the term Bildung itself is more closely related to “education” than to “development,” and to examine these transitional narratives specifically in terms of the types of education they depict and how these forms of education result in or undermine “development” will be our task throughout the quarter. We will look at narratives of education in novels, novellas, short stories, poetry, drama, and film, and examine the interplay between education, identity, and development. As a writing class, we will also focus on thinking critically about the expectations of academic writing and developing habits of close reading and comparative analysis.
-Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg Ohio (Penguin, ISBN: 978-0140390599)
-Louise Glück, Faithful and Virtuous Night (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN: 978-0374152017)
-Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Harper Perennial Classics, ISBN: 978-
-Nella Larsen, Quicksand (Rutgers UP, ISBN: 978-0813511704)
-Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (Harper Perennial Classics, ISBN: 978-0060837020)
-André Gide, The Counterfeiters Trans. Dorothy Bussy (Vintage, ISBN: 978-0394718422)