Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
How can a story tell the truth? This course will begin with two possible answers to this question: one, the story can reveal a reality outside of the text, and two, it can represent a world that is more real and compelling than that one outside. We will read a variety of critical, fictional, and non-fictional texts that will allow us to more thoroughly understand the spectrum these two answers present. Readings will range from the 19th to the 21st century, starting with topics such as painting, magic, and ghosts and working towards more serious considerations of war, suffering, and human rights.
Order will be placed at Off-Campus Books.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Rigorous reading of assigned texts, completion of regular brief writing assignments, short presentation and accompanying paper, and passing of a midterm and final essay-style exam.