ENGLISH 239 - What is Literature?
Section: 201
Term: SU 2008
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for concentrators in English and Honors English.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Sp, Su.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The title of this course asks "What is literature?"

This course will explore that question, expanding it further to inquire:

  • What is "good" literature?
  • How is this determined, and who decides?
  • How are literary canons formed — and why are they challenged?
  • What is the relationship between literature and identity?
  • Who has access to minority literatures?

Readings for this course will include Zora Neale Hurston's _Their Eyes Were Watching God_, Leslie Marmom Silko's _Ceremony_, Chang-Rae Lee's _Native Speaker_, and Sandra Cisneros' _Caramelo_, in addition to scholarly essays.

ENGLISH 239 - What is Literature?
Schedule Listing
201 (REC)
MW 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: English 239 will be Permission of Instructor after the first day of class.
202 (REC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 6:00PM
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