ENGL 200 B: Reading Literary Forms

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 9:40am - 11:50am
SAV 131
John O'Neill
John O'Neill

Syllabus Description:

English 200B, VLPA and W course, Summer A-term,  M-Th 9:40-11:50: "(Im)migrant/ Transnational Fictions," is a five credit course taught by senior English Department faculty member John O'Neill.  English 200B is dedicated to reading and writing about works of fiction that explore the global movement of people in a time when migratory flows are increasingly met with resistance and persecution.  Texts include short stories and novelsl The Border Patrol State” by Leslie Marmon Silko; “Borders” by Thomas King; “War Years” by Viet Than Nguyen; Signs Preceding the End of the World, by Yuri Herrera, Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue and Exit West by Mohsin Hamid 
A few comments from students who took this course last summer
  • The themes discussed in the course are particularly relevant given recent events/policy decisions, and seem to be very relatable regardless of background.  The novels, particularly the last two, were very engaging and easy to read; it did not feel like work reading them for class.
  • As someone who comes from an immigrant family, I have never read novels of global migration, and it was nice to finally have that exposure, especially in a time like this. 
  • The way the instructor leads class discussion is very inclusive.  He makes everyone feel like their comment/idea matters.   
  • I found I learned a lot about my style in addition to how different each person’s critical eye acts. The themes of these books also gave some better life understanding.
  • The course as a whole taught me how to think in a bigger scale, to think more, and to read more.
  • John’s contribution, his enthusiasm and effort to interact with each and every one of his students is particularly effective to me, as it encourages the students to participate and become more excited in doing the assignments.
No add codes required. Prof. O'Neill is on leave and away from regular email spring quarter, but will respond to questions about this course:   joneill@uw.edu
Catalog Description: 
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.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 10:30pm