ENGL 139 Fall 2012 Metafiction (W)

Cross Listed as COMP139
This course will examine 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, and self-reference, in novels, films, and stories by Vladimir Nabokov, Franz Kafka, Kelly Link, Michel Gondry, Paul Park, and others. Ultimately, we will use the study of metafiction to focus a larger inquiry into the socializing force of language and self-consciousness in human development. Note that students will be required to use, as well as interpret, metafictional techniques in much of their assigned writing.
Class Format: discussion/seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: several short exercises; four or five papers of increasingly complexity, totaling 24 pages; consistent attendance and participation; a genuine love of reading, and a willingness to reread
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: : first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level English course
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1575
ENGL139-01(F) SEM Metafiction (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Shawn J. Rosenheim
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Hollander 040 1575
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