ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
Section: 020
Term: WN 2008
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.

Twice-Told Stories: An Introduction to Reading and Writing This course is designed to develop your craft as a writer, and our classroom will function primarily as a workshop environment. As you work toward perfecting your craft, all of you will become comfortable with sharing your work in the classroom and quickly familiar with each other's words and writing. For the purposes of learning, we will become a community of readers and writers. And as a community, we will read texts and write about what we read. We've all heard the adage, 'There are two sides to every story.'

This course takes that expression to heart and examines classic fictional works and their retellings from other characters' perspectives. We begin our study of twice-told stories with a focus on Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher' Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man Is Hard to Find' and William Faulkner's 'A Rose for Emily.'

Each of these stories has been retold recently by a contemporary author from a fresh point of view. Examining these later stories alongside the earlier classics will enable us to explore comparatively the many possibilities for narrative perspective in a story and help us learn to identify and question other literary fundamentals such as theme, style, and characterization. After developing critical methods for reading, we will then turn our attentions to the twice-told story in two novels: Charlotte Brontë's British classic Jane Eyre and modern West Indian novelist Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea. We will have opportunity to develop more complex questions as we read these longer works. For example:

  • How do the differing historical periods and cultural locations affect how these stories are told?
  • How might we read works differently because of these factors?
  • What role does one's nationality or gender play in the act of storytelling (for both author and narrator)?
  • And what responsibilities, if any, does a creative retelling of a story have to the original?

This is a course that asks you to read carefully and write thoughtfully — a lot and often. It is expected that you will come to class having read all materials assigned for any given day. Reading quizzes will be a regular part of the course design. I will frequently assign exercises to accompany the readings (i.e., taking notes on a particular feature of a story, crafting discussion questions, or writing a short response) in order to promote better in-class discussions and help you prepare to write longer papers. It is expected for this class that you generate twenty pages of polished prose. You will meet this requirement through a variety of formal writing assignments in which we explore various aspects of the drafting process and learn the requirements for the well-argued, college-level paper.

Required Texts — please be sure to have the following editions for class. Available at Shaman Drum (313 S. State Street): Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. New York: Penguin Books, 2006 (SBN 0141441143). Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea: A Novel. New York: W. W. Norton & Co. Inc., 1992 (SBN 0393308804). Also, a course pack will be available at Accu-Copy (518 E. William Street).

ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
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