Reading & Composition

A revenant is defined as that which returns, the remnant of being that clings to the earth beyond the boundary of death. In other words, a ghost.

Reading & Composition

Sagas of outlaws and Viking warriors fated to die. Verses containing wisdom, magic, and myth. Songs of legendary heroes and the treacheries that befall them. Medieval Scandinavians left us a vast literary inheritance in both Old Norse poetry and prose. These texts present a unique window into Scandinavian worldview that emerges on the periphery of the known world during the Middle Ages.

Reading & Composition R1A (Cancelled 05/10/21)

This course takes up its task of developing critical reading and writing skills via an exploration of texts that stage their own reading and reception within the work. More specifically, we will focus on texts—such as Boccaccio’s Decameron and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales—in which the characters themselves narrate and discuss other stories. Though this genre emerges in the West in the Middle Ages, it remains productive up to the present day, and similar literary traditions exist in other cultures across the globe.

Reading & Composition

 

Reading & Composition

Play is everywhere. In an increasingly gamified world, this claim might seem even truer than before. How do we interact with gamelike systems in our everyday lives? How can play-based thinking be a part of the way we think about novels, banking systems, race, democracy, queerness, poetry, gender, ability? Finally, how do we talk about games themselves, and what does games criticism entail?

Reading & Composition (closed)

Reading & Composition (closed)

Reading & Composition

Imagine that you are reading a book and, at some point in the story, you learn that what you are reading is actually the translation of a work written in an ancient language by an author from a faraway land. How would this affect your relation to the text? Would you now consider the story more interesting and valuable? Or would you start suspecting that the translator may have made changes and additions to the story? Would you be worried—or perhaps excited—about the possibility that there may be different versions of the text?

Reading & Composition

In this class we will examine early philosophies of nature and natural history from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, especially those that focused attention on the human being as a species and the question of its relationship to the environment, in order to analyze their impact on works of literature.

Reading & Composition (closed)

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