Although it remains impossible for the reader to forget that Othello is different, particularly in terms of race when performing ac lose reading of passages in Othello that are most attuned to this theme, it is equally impossible to view him in the base and insulting terms given to him by Iago and Roderigo. In the end, this is not a text about race or even racism but is the tale of a man that fell victim to and committed terrible acts. The play opens in the darkness as two characters—one of whom we will discover to be a villain—discuss their enemy, Othello.
English is intended to help students develop the critical abilities they need at the college level. Although the content of various sections vary somewhat, all emphasize writing skills and reading comprehension. Moreover, individuals caught up in this greater drama have shared the insights of their individual journeys through oral and written expression.
In this way, voices of past and present adversities pass on individual experiences of downfall and victory, folly and wisdom, anguish and hope as fertilizer for the enrichment of others. If, as individuals, we are able to find transcendence amidst adversity, then we can contribute to our collective hope for the positive transformation of our world.
In this course, we will read and listen to voices of adversity in a variety of literary genres such as memoir, argumentative speech, short fiction, film and poetry. You will acquire an understanding of basic technical literary terms, learn tools for successful close readings of texts, analyze the techniques and devices used to construct a work of literature, and learn how to make use of effective writing strategies in your own analytical response essays.
Edgar Allan Poe, Kate Chopin, Eudora Welty, and Kurt Vonnegut will introduce us to Gothic Romanticism, turn of the nineteenth century feminism, racial discrimination during the segregation era, and a dystopian view on equality.
Scott Fitzgerald will allow us to dip into the prohibition era and Jazz Age of the American s. Three film screenings will also be included. We will look at the sociohistorical contexts of these works and their place in literary history, as well as the literary devices that make them unique works of art.
Much emphasis will be put on writing exercises that will contribute to sharpen your analytical skills and capability to write effective responses to texts. He encounters a particular type of solitude, and his new insect-shell becomes a symbol for his social isolation.
The Metamorphosis, which we will read towards the end of the semester, addresses a number of important questions: Is it possible to be alone while surrounded by others? How, exactly, do we form connections with other people?
In this course, we will study a series of literary texts in which authors deal, in a variety of ways, with these ideas. Short stories will span the nineteenth to twenty-first century and include realism, American gothic fiction, and a look at contemporary Canadian fiction.
Finally, we will read two plays: In our analysis of these works we will pay attention to the basic elements of short fiction, poetry, and drama, such as plot, character, setting, point of view, rhythm, rhyme and symbolism. We will also explore their ideas and themes, and look at the position of these works in their literary and social contexts.
Much emphasis will be placed on writing exercises that will contribute to sharpen your analytical skills and capability to write effective responses to texts.
In engaging with these literary texts, students are expected to acquire techniques of research, note taking, outlining and essay writing with a clarity of expression and a coherence of thought. By the end of the course, students will have acquired not only a certain familiarity with major forms of literature, but also a better appreciation of it.
The dropping of the flower pot, as metaphor for the disturbance of social stability, is the theme that guides this course: This course seeks to discover what it is about this story and others like it that resonates so strongly with people of varying ages, cultures, and backgrounds.
Together, throughout the term, we will work on thinking and writing about literature at the college level.
This course will allow us to explore three literary genres and write two college level essays—in stages and via organized revising and editing activities. We will read a selection of short fiction, poetry, and a play. I will help you articulate in clear, correct English composition as you learn to read a variety of literature on various topics.
Students will learn to use the terms and forms they may find useful for future literature courses, and we will work on the construction of a college level essay.
By the end of the term, successful students will be able to analyze literature and write a word literary essay. Throughout the term there will be an emphasis on the distinction between critical expression, as opposed to paraphrastic writing; and the provision of practical and mechanical tools to develop this critical expression.
DARK FICTION Though we like to think of ourselves as the most highly evolved species on the planet, we are constantly confronted with the fact that we are also capable of shockingly violent, animalistic acts.
The aim of this course is to examine the ways in which writers choose to portray the darker side of human nature. What happens when language itself is rendered unstable? What if silence speaks louder than words and meaning is primarily conveyed through subtext?
Students will examine and write about short stories, plays, and poems.
Great emphasis will be placed on students acquiring good skills in critical thinking, proper expression, and effective strategies for writing college level essays. This course exposes students to the genres of short stories, essays, poetry and a novel.Closely associated with the racism in the play at the beginning is a more generalized fear of the unknown—in this case race is the otherness that separates Othello.
For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging the two art forms to which he had dedicated his life.
In both of Shakespeare’s plays, “Othello” and “The Merchant of Venice”, there are several instances in which the non-white and non-Christian characters are marginalized and are often the victims of prejudice and outright racism.
A contemporary review of a play I did not see: Cold Fury (31 January ) starring Sam Wanamaker, Bernard Lee Script: James Workman Director: Dennis Vance A review by G Taylor- "Armchair Theatre came up with 'AN Adults Only' piece.
Steve Hackett and the Underworld Orchestra - Metamorpheus Oscar Wilde reckoned that we were all in the gutter but that some of us were looking at the stars. Plot summary of Shakespeare's Hamlet, themes, criticism, analysis, figures of speech, study guides.