ENG181-1: Writing About Literature


August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
10:00am - 11:15am
Callaway Center S104
Bosch, Daniel
Appropriate for First Year students.

Every semester. Intensive writing course that trains students in techniques of writing and literary analysis through writing about literature. Readings and format vary in different sections. Satisfies first-year English writing requirement.

Detail-by-detail and phrase-by-phrase, this course confronts how art objects resist our words and arguments. Poet and critic John Hollander, an expert in ekphrasis—writing about paintings, photographs, and sculptures—had it right: “Whoever writes about writing about artistic images will be a sort of triple fool.” But what is the specific nature of this foolishness, which goes back at least 2500 years (in the West) and shows no sign of letting up? Some of the students who work hard in this course will prove Hollander wrong—at least for a few sentences in a row—first by slowing down to look carefully, and then by reading critically poems which struggle to say something meaningful about art. Several short essays and a multimodal presentation required.

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