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ENG 151

Reading and Literature: Poetry, Fiction and Drama

This course explores literature as means of transforming language into art, looking closely at ways that writers explore the relationship between form, content and meaning. It focuses particularly on three primary literary genres, though it may also include a secondary emphasis on others, such as essay and film. The course might also consider adaptation and the way genres evolve over time. Students who have credit for ENG 151, Literature and Interpretation, may not take ENG 151, Reading Literature: Poetry, Fiction and Drama, for credit.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course

Fall Semester information

Angela Flury

151A: Lit:Poetry,Fiction&Drama

Deborah Geis

151B: Lit:Poetry,Fiction&Drama

Nicole Lobdell

151C: Lit:Poetry,Fiction&Drama

In ENG 151C, students will read a variety of texts, with emphasis on identifying and understanding the difference between literary genres and forms. Our readings will range from Western canonical authors such Shakespeare, Poe, Dickinson, and Plath, to non-Western authors and texts such as Victor LaValle's graphic novel Destroyer (2017), Ahmed Saadawi's Arabic science fiction novel Frankenstein in Baghdad (2013, trans. 2018), and Bandi's Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea (2014). Accessible to students from every discipline, this course will cover some historical and cultural contexts of specific texts we read, but the focus of the course will be on the literary artifacts and learning and applying the techniques and tools of literary analysis.