LHSP 228 - What is Writing?
Section: 001 Genre and Meaning
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Lloyd Hall Scholars Program (LHSP)
Department: LSA Lloyd Hall Scholars
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of the Introductory Composition requirement.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What is writing? LHSP 228 explores how we categorize its different forms, and the assumptions we bring to these categorizations.

We will ask:

  • what is meant by truth, in the context of a work of fiction?
  • Why do we privilege objectivity in some arguments, and subjectivity in others?
  • To what extent should a personal history affect the articulation of universal principles?
  • Where does a writer’s responsibility end, and a reader’s responsibility begin?
  • And how do we differentiate between “high” and “low” forms of art?
Through a close look at a variety of different forms of writing—the personal essay, the argumentative treatise, the novel, and the long poem—this writing course will delve into both formally predictable and experimental texts and respond to them both critically and creatively. Our focus will be on expanding both our writing and our reading skills—and by the end of the course, we will have produced some of our own wonderful and strange works of creative non-fiction.

Readings may include Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, Plato’s Apology, Henry James’ Turn of the Screw, Henry Frankfurt’s On Bullshit, Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red, as well as a work of so-called “popular” fiction to be determined by vote.

This course is open to any students who have taken LHSP 125.

LHSP 228 - What is Writing?
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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