Works representing the principal literary genres.
Theme: Disability in Modern Fiction
Instrucror: A. Steele
ENG 104 introduces you to prose narrative and its formal elements by reading, discussing, and writing about works of modern literature. To help us better recognize these formal elements, we will pay specific attention to the competing ways disability is figured within modern literature, both literally and symbolically—and often in unrecognized ways. Each week will target a key element in fiction, such as focalization and symbolism, by considering stories which illuminate these features, often through disabled characters. By isolating key individual elements of fiction, we will build a vocabulary and framework for better comprehending and analyzing texts, as well as the multifarious ways literature deploys disability to competing ends. The goal is not to “solve” or “answer for” any particular story, but to learn instead how to grapple with classic stories of literature — and to discover for yourselves what sort of responses these stories evoke for you.
Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.
Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience. Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.
English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.