ENG181-4: Writing About Literature


August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
11:30am - 12:45pm
Callaway Center N204
Cariani, Tesla
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.

In an increasingly visual world, interfacing with texts and images is an integral part of everyday life. This writing-intensive course will explore how comics, graphic novels, and even graffiti leverage visual and semantic elements to convey meaning.

You will engage with the course theme through assignments designed to develop your critical thinking and analytic skills. We will begin by reading McCloud’s Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art to give us a framework for approaching graphic texts. The first two-thirds of the semester will be dedicated to writing about visual texts like Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home or Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis. In the last third of the course, we will examine graphically composed scholarly work, and you will have a chance to construct your own argument through images and text. No prior artistic skills necessary. Throughout the semester, we will explore how decisions about audience, style, format, genre, and argumentation inform and might even radically alter each text. You will maintain a blog, produce an analytic essay, create comics, present, experiment, and revise. You will leave this class with a portfolio of polished work.

The schedule of courses on O.P.U.S. is the official listing of courses, including days and times they meet and the General Education Requirements they satisfy. Students should use course descriptions as general guidelines. Course requirements, grading details, book lists, and syllabi are subject to change.