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ENG 100/159 - Twice Told Tales (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Three or Four Credits
Offered Periodically

The title of this course is fittingly repurposed from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Twice Told Tales (1837), a collection of short stories containing a variety of his own previously published works. Throughout the semester, students will read a series of republished and retold narratives as a way of considering the stakes of literary genre, narrative voice, cultural capital, and publication histories. By exploring narratives that have reverberated across multiple genres-drama, film, fiction, and poetry-students will explore how form shapes and contains the kinds of stories artists are able to tell. Reading closely for the ghost plots and literary echoes that haunt these “twice told tales,” students will contemplate the aesthetic significance of repetition and revision and will examine the political and ethical stakes of recuperating lost stories.

Prerequisite(s)/Restriction(s): ENG 159 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
General Education Attribute(s): ENG 100, for 3-credits, fulfills the Literature Cornerstone.
ENG 159, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and Literature Cornerstone.