ENGL 103 900
Human beings make sense of the world by telling stories. In this course, we will read and watch a selection of narratives from around the world, always paying attention to formal aspects of storytelling. Along the axes of culture, politics, economics, and history, we will ask: what changes, and what persists, of the impulse to spin tall tales, set the record straight, or memorialize what was lost? How might each artwork we engage with suggest a way of seeing the world afresh? We will learn to analyze unfamiliar genres; to read, discuss, and interpret diversely; to write and rework short essays; and to reflect on our own practices of narrative. All readings will be in English; students at all levels, including those without prior exposure to the humanities, are welcome. This course fulfills Sector III, Arts and Letters.
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