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ENGL 200 D - Intro to Lit and Culture

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Introduction to the study of literature in the twenty-first century. This course will expand your sense of what literature is and where it happens, including discussion of old and new literary forms (from novels, poems, and plays to comic books, video games, and films). Along the way, students will explore some of the literary and cultural opportunities (such as author readings, scholarly talks, and performances) available to them on a large public university campus, with two goals in mind: to develop your critical interpretive skills and to acquaint you with the discipline of literary studies as it is being practiced all around us today, both inside and outside the conventional classroom.

Special Instructions:

ENGL 200 is designed to help you enjoy reading while imparting skills that will prepare you for 300 and 400 level English courses. It will help you improve your reading practices, provide you with tools for interpretation, and help to facilitate discussion of exciting works of literature. The course selects readings from among the best examples of several literary genres: poetry, drama, short story, novel, and essay. This course studies twentieth-century literature of the Americas, focusing first on the short story genre. We-ll read stories written in the U.S. Mainland by well-established American writers as well as short stories written by Latino authors to see one recent development in this genre. The course will discuss the latest surge in short story writing, and then it examines the canonical works that precede it. After discussing the short story, our focus shifts to the novel. We will explore two types of novels: the bildungsroman (coming of age novel) and the modernist

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Spring


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