01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR
Section Information for Fall 2022
English 201 has a dual mission: to promote careful reading and clear writing. This semester, we will begin by reading a few old stories from the Western civilization, from the story of Adam and Eve to orally transmitted fairy tales recorded by Grimm Brothers, and consider how these stories are adapted, responded to, and “translated” in Western literature and culture, from Renaissance to our own day. We will ask questions like “What does Esperanza share in common with Cinderella and how is she different?” Or “how does the story of Neil in Pelle the Conqueror shed a new light to the story of Adam and Eve?" We will spend time not only identifying the recurring narrative elements or patterns in our texts; more importantly, we will consider how a character can be interpreted differently, and how each text modifies and tells the story in new ways, in response to the socio-cultural preoccupations of its own time; most importantly, you will bring your own thoughts and life experiences to these readings and interrogate the messages of these stories, as well as being challenged by them. Throughout all these exercises, one of the primary goals is for you to develop your capacity to evaluate and act on complex human situations that you will encounter as members of the society.