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Literary Genres Across Cultures

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This course introduces literary genres that reflect the human experience across cultures. Past and present voices from the literature of majority and minority writers, as expressed in fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction, are surveyed. Students analyze literal and symbolic meanings in texts, and examine the elements and conventions of each literary genre. Students think critically, recognize instances of stereotyping and make connections between the literature and their lives.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Poetry

    • Examine the various instances of stereotyping in poetry from different cultures.
    • Analyze how the genre of poetry addresses the human experience across cultures.
    • Define the genre of poetry.
    • Describe the elements and conventions of poetry.
    • Analyze how literal and symbolic meanings are communicated in poetry from different cultures.

    Comparison of Literary Genres

    • Analyze the similarities and differences among the elements and conventions of the four literary genres covered in this course.
    • Compare and contrast how literary works from different genres address specific literary themes.
    • Articulate the possible connections between literature, culture, and students' individual perspectives.

    Nonfiction

    • Analyze how literal and symbolic meanings are communicated in nonfiction from different cultures.
    • Describe the elements and conventions of nonfiction. 
    • Define the genre of nonfiction.
    • Examine the various instances of stereotyping in nonfiction from different cultures.
    • Analyze how the genre of nonfiction addresses the human experience across cultures.

    Drama

    • Examine the various instances of stereotyping in drama from different cultures.
    • Define the genre of drama.
    • Describe the elements and conventions of drama.
    • Analyze how literal and symbolic meanings are communicated in drama from different cultures.
    • Analyze how the genre of drama addresses the human experience across cultures.

    Fiction

    • Define the genre of fiction.
    • Describe the elements and conventions of fiction.
    • Analyze how literal and symbolic meanings are communicated in fiction from different cultures.
    • Examine the various instances of stereotyping in fiction from different cultures.
    • Analyze how the genre of fiction addresses the human experience across cultures.
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