English R1B

Reading & Composition: The Undiscovered Country

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
2 Summer 2017 Lorden, Jennifer A.
MTuW 2:00-4:30 87 Evans D

Book List

Calvocoressi, Gabrielle: The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart: Poems; Delanty, Greg, ed.: The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation; Faulkner, William: As I Lay Dying; Morrison, Toni: Beloved; Shakespeare, William: Hamlet

Other Readings and Media

Film Screening: Sunset Boulevard (we will be screening this in-class)


Please note the changes in the instructor, topic, book list, and course description for this section of English R1B (as of April 14). 

The experience of death is one of the most difficult, yet most urgent, to imaginatively represent in literature. Since, of course, no writer can offer a firsthand account of that "undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns," each who seeks to deal with the subject of death must resort to myriad creative strategies to paint a portrait of death that is, so to speak, true to life. This class will approach one category of such representations, those in which a main character or group of characters is dead from the very beginning of the narration. How does the presence of the dead function in a work of literature, and what do these texts suggest about the way death functions in life?

For the purposes of this class, of course, our primary concern will be to develop critical arguments from these texts. You'll share your findings though in-class discussions and writing workshops and discover ways to construct arguments from such disparate genres of writing. You'll write two research papers and revise one of them, in addition to a short initial diagnostic excercise.

This 4-unit course will be taught in Session D, from July 3 to August 9.

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