ENG181-7: Writing About Literature


August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
11:00am - 11:50am
Callaway Center N204
Herald, Patrick
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.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” This quote attributed to Socrates by Plato is perhaps the most famous touchstone for philosophical debates over “the good life,” which Socrates associates here with inner reflection and the pursuit of wisdom. This course is an introduction to academic composition in which we will examine what makes life meaningful or worth living through reading and writing about literature. What does literature, particularly from the twentieth century to the present, have to say about where we find meaning in our lives? Through family bonds and intimacy? A profession or vocation? A shared cultural heritage? Education and the pursuit of knowledge and understanding? Students will explore these and other questions through reading fiction and composing in multiple genres for multiple audiences. Development of transferable writing skills by drafting and revising a writing portfolio will be a central goal of the course; your writing tasks will include an academic article, a regular writing journal, and an open-genre text composed for presentation. Likely authors covered will include JM Coetzee, Tsitsi Dangarembga, and Kazuo Ishiguro.

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