ENG181-5: Writing About Literature


August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Callaway Center N204
Banks, Emily
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.

Throughout American literature, ghosts appear in many forms. In this course, we will explore scenes of haunting in short stories, novels, poems, films, oral narratives, and digital writings. We will examine the place of ghosts in American literature and culture, delving into theories of cultural memory, embodiment, temporality, fear, and madness. We will consider, as well, how social issues such as gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability play a role in literary and cultural representations of ghosts. This is a writing-intensive course, and students will develop the skills necessary to write about literature through a variety of creative and analytic assignments including blog posts, poems, short stories, close readings, and an academic article. Likely texts include works by Edgar Allen Poe, Henry James, Toni Morrison, Ellen Glasgow, Charles Chesnutt, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Shirley Jackson.

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