University of Washington

The University of Washington was founded in 1861 and has slowly been growing. Roughly 47,000 undergrads are enrolled, the university offers 180 majors, and the campus spans over 643 acres. For me, the offers of the English department were most important to me. Most of the classes I took at UW were English literature classes.

Campus + Classes

Campus

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Inside the Mary Gates Building

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The campus ducks who had no trouble coming to you, but giving you the cold shoulder if you hadn’t food.IMG_4439.JPG

The Quad at twilight.

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The Drumheller Fountain.

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This room used to house a nuclear reactor, but has stopped working in 1988. In 2006, the university could contaminate and disable the building.

Classes

One part of my project was to take classes I that were not presented in this form at Southern Utah University.

1. Greek and Roman Mythology

In Greek and Roman Mythology, I learned the background of the whole canon of this story. On top of historical and archaeological findings, we discussed the myth in depth.

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2. Feminist Approaches to Science Fiction

Within this class, I was able to read many different books that combined the sci-fi genre with feminism. I was introduced to authors such as Octavia Butler, Margaret Atwood, and Suzette Haden Elgin. We read books such as “Native Tongue”,  “The Handmaid’s Tale”, and “The Female Man”. On top of these novels, we also read short stories, such as “Bloodchild”, “And I Awoke”, and “The Women Men Don’t See”. Although I had heard about Atwood, I was unaware of the stories present in this genre. Besides the literary analysis, we also discussed social concepts sci-fi fulfills.

3.The Rise of the Gothic Novel

In this class, we read the classics “The Monk”, “The Italian”, and “Frankenstein”. Besides writing a paper about the sublime and Bildungsroman, we also discussed the historical development of literature at this time. The most important experience I take out of this class is the distinction between horror and terror. Horror is defined as something gruesome, vile, and gory, while terror never openly shows blood, but aims to terrify the reader or protagonist.