ENGL 120
The Nature of Narrative Spring 2010 (also offered Fall 2009)
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed ENGL 120 / COMP 111
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This course examines the nature and workings of narrative using a wide range of texts chosen from different traditions, media, and genres. We will analyze literature by some of the world’s great writers (as well as visual texts from graphic novels to video games) to see what they have to teach us about narrative and language. At the same time we will also read a small selection of critical essays to help us broaden our idea of what literature can be and do. Readings will be drawn from the Chinese classics, the Christian Bible, and the work of Bashô, Woolf, Borges, Kundera, and others. The critical essays will also represent a range of different times, places, and schools. All readings will be in English, although we will discuss issues of translation, and those with foreign language skills are invited to make comparisons with the original where possible.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3268
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: regular attendance, ungraded creative project, short response assignments, two 5- to 7-page papers, and at least one paper rewrite
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: students considering a major in Comparative Literature or Literary Studies and those who have studied a foreign language
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 120 Division I COMP 111 Division I

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