ENG101-9: Expository Writing

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August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
MWF
10:00am - 10:50am
Callaway Center N204
Kolb, Rachel
FWRT32107
Appropriate for First Year students.
Every semester. Intensive writing course that trains students in expository writing through a number of variable topics. Satisfies first-year English writing requirement.

Is body language, in fact, language? More productive questions to ask might include: how does body language differ from, add to, or transform our understanding of more explicitly conventional forms of language, specifically written and verbal language? Communication does not happen in a disembodied vacuum. On the contrary: we all have bodies, as diverse as those bodies might be. This course will consider how those bodies hold their own communicative meaning, and how they enact their own rhetoric in nonverbal, physical, and visual ways.

Over the course of the semester, we will look at different instances of nonverbal rhetoric and think and write together about how the ways we communicate are fundamentally alive and embodied. Our course materials will derive from several different genres, ranging from dance and film to public speaking and life writing. We will consider and critically discuss elements including physical expression, movement, gesture, signed languages, variant bodies, and what all these (and others) mean for our ideas about communication, embodiment, and their significance. Students will learn how to analyze the impacts of different types of communication and will also have the chance to write/compose in multiple modes, not limited to written critical papers but also including short multimedia projects. This course will also include other kinds of writing, such as personal essays, blog posts, and evidence-based arguments about nonverbal rhetoric. This class will be participating in the Domain of One’s Own project, for which no prior technical knowledge is necessary.

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