ENGLISH 325 - Essay Writing: The Art of Exposition
Section: 202
Term: SU 2008
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of the First-Year Writing Requirement.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Sp, Su.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course engages students in the practice of writing life-stories. Students read a range of autobiographical essays while developing their own versions of the form; smaller assignments culminate in a larger personal essay due by the course end. In addition, students interview and then write the life-story of an area elder; this involves several sessions with the elder herself and a modicum of research. In class and in writing, students reflect deeply on this community work, their own life-writing experiences, and parallel essays by writers such as John Edgar Wideman and Annie Dillard. We address such questions as: how is life-story linked to body, place, and tradition? How might differences in race, gender, ability, and sexual preference inform life-stories? How do people sort and make sense of their lives? How do writers shape the material of their lives into essay form? Course grade is based on a writer’s journal, the 8-page “elder-story,” three (4-page) personal writings, and the larger 10-page personal essay due by the course end. This final paper is drawn from the prior 4-page essays, goes through multiple drafts, and is peer-reviewed by the class at large. Course readings are from a collection of personal essays, and/or a supplementary course packet (estimated cost $60).

ENGLISH 325 - Essay Writing: The Art of Exposition
Schedule Listing
201 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: English 325 will be Permission of Instructor after the first day of class.
202 (SEM)
TuTh 11:00AM - 1:00PM
711 (SEM)
TuF 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Note: Registration through UMBS at: 763-4461, 2014 Nat Sci
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