Reading Literature

Toward a Poetics of Community
Why read literature? One answer: such reading is not individual but communal. It links readers to each other in aesthetic experience, in ethical and hermeneutic debate, and in appreciation for writers and fellow readers. As we read literary texts from different times, cultures, and genres, we will examine how they anticipate, create, or recreate readerly communities, and how these communities in turn help shape the texts as they are experienced. We will also strive to form our own readerly community—one that is as inclusive and as intellectually generous as possible. We will begin with close analysis of poetry in various forms from various historical periods. We will then read dramas by William Shakespeare, Margaret Edson, and Wole Soyinka, and conclude with two novels—Howard’s End by E.M. Forster, and On Beauty by Zadie Smith. 3 hrs. sem.
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ENAM 0103

All Sections in Fall 2020

Fall 2020

ENAM0103A-F20 Seminar (Losano)
ENAM0103B-F20 Seminar (Berg)
ENAM0103C-F20 Seminar (Brayton)
ENAM0103X-F20 Discussion (Losano)
ENAM0103Y-F20 Discussion (Losano)