ENGLISH 230 - Introduction to Short Story and Novel
Section: 003 Packrats and Magpies: Our Enchanted Attachments to Things
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Why do people collect things? What is the difference between collecting and hoarding? What makes a thing valuable or useless, treasure or junk? Why and how do the things we surround ourselves with become laden with enchanted attachments? Where does the magic of the object emanate from? By using things as a lens into literary analysis, we will examine how writers use narrative construction, characterization, and voice to tell meaningful stories about who we are and how we shape our environments with stuff. We will encounter iconic collector-characters who have been indelibly imprinted upon the cultural imaginary, from the mad scientist Dr. Moreau whose grotesque collection unsettles the boundary between human, animal, and thing to E.L. Doctorow’s historical fiction about the Collyer brothers (found buried beneath over 140 tons of material possessions in 1947).

Short stories and excerpts from authors including Jorge Luis Borges, Philip K. Dick, Jennifer Egan, Franz Kafka, Jonathan Lethem, Joyce Carol Oates, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Flannery O’Connor, Charles Perrault, Marcel Proust, Salman Rushdie, and Stefan Zweig will make up our course reading, along with several novels.

ENGLISH 230 - Introduction to Short Story and Novel
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
11407
Open
12
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (REC)
P
11408
Open
3
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (REC)
P
11409
Open
2
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (REC)
P
33231
Open
2
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9781590172896
The adventures of Pinocchio, Author: Carlo Collodi ; translated from the Italian by Geoffrey Brock ; introduction by Umberto Eco ; afterword by Rebecca West., Publisher: New York Review Books 2009
Required
ISBN: 9781595829931
Bad houses, Author: written by Sara Ryan ; illustrated by Carla Speed McNeil., Publisher: Dark Horse Comics,U.S. First edit 2013
Required
ISBN: 0618871713
Fun home : a family tragicomic, Author: Alison Bechdel., Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 1st Marine 2007
Required
ISBN: 9780312424091
Housekeeping, Author: Marilynne Robinson., Publisher: Picador 1. Picador 2004
Required
ISBN: 9780143105985
White noise, Author: Don DeLillo ; introduction by Richard Powers., Publisher: Penguin Books Penguin Cl 2009
Required
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