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Exploring Fiction focuses on the understanding, appreciation, and criticism of prose fiction. In this section, Food and Literature (ENGL 273-002), we will interrogate the familiar adage that “you are what you eat” by asking how food operates in critical relation to gender, identity, colonialism, and imperialism. Through course readings, written responses, and class discussion, students will develop skills in literary criticism to both consider and complicate what representations of food and the processes that surround it (growth, trade, preparation, presentation, consumption) might reveal about the formation of social relations and personal identities.

Learning Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of fiction as a means of exploring human experience and understanding the creative process, and be able to use the technical vocabulary necessary for understanding fiction.