ENGL 139
Metafiction Fall 2009
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed COMP 139 / ENGL 139
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This course will examine some of the ways in which literary works reflect on their status as texts. We’ll look at the formal pleasures and puzzles generated by techniques including frame narratives, recursion, self-reference and readerly address, in texts ranging from the Book of Genesis to films by Spike Jonze, to novels by Vladimir Nabokov and Thomas Pynchon. Ultimately, we will use our study of metafiction to focus a larger inquiry into the socializing force of language in human development. Note that students will be required to use, as well as interpret, metafictional techniques in much of their assigned writing.
The Class: Format: discussion/seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1622
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: five papers of increasingly complexity, totaling 24 pages; consistent attendance and participation; a willingness to reread
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 139 Division I ENGL 139 Division I

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