English 243, 243H: Genre
4 hrs 4 crs; Prereq or Coreq: English 170W
This course explores the study of genre as a mode of inquiry. All literary works are unique, but within any given literary scene writers create and readers understand texts within categories defined by the tradition and by literary and cultural criticism. Focusing on different modes of defining genre and on texts from at least two genres, this course examines how form, style, and content create a basis for relating texts to one another and considers how the conventions of genre are themselves mutable. The course includes material before from 1800 and after 1800, as well as material from at least two national literatures.