ENGL 120
The Nature of Narrative Fall 2022 (also offered Spring 2023)
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed ENGL 120 / COMP 111

Class Details

Stories are one way that we make sense of the world; but how you tell a story is just as important as the events it relates. This course will examine literary narratives from a wide range of traditions, media, and genres, and work on reading them in more informed, more sophisticated, and more interesting ways. Texts will span classics (e.g. Homerian epic and/or The Tale of Genji), fiction ranging from nineteenth-century realism to postmodern experimentation (possibly including Tolstoy, Zola, Garcia Marquez, Toni Morrison, and/or Colson Whitehead), and visual literature from film and drama to graphic memoir (possibly including Art Spiegelman, Tezuka Osamu, and Alison Bechdel). We will also read some short works of literary theory from around the world to help us broaden our idea of what literature can be and do. All readings in English.
The Class: Format: seminar; The second half of the course may have a modified tutorial format, where small groups meet with the instructor once a week, with students' papers and responses forming the basis of the discussion.
Limit: 18
Expected: 18
Class#: 1652
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Regular attendance and participation in class; short and mid-length writing assignments spaced throughout the semester; revision of selected assignments after receiving instructor feedback.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Students considering a major in Comparative Literature
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
WS Notes: Multiple writing assignments that build upon each other, including drafts and revisions, with substantial individualized feedback on writing from the instructor.
Attributes: FMST Related Courses

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