ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
Section: 003
Term: WN 2009
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will be a rigorous introduction to academic writing and critical thinking at the college level. Using a select body of literary texts as our material for analysis as well as our source for cultural and social issues, we will practice the writing and analytical skills crucial to success in academia. These include skills such as essay organization, development, productive revision, and lucid composition, as well as the ability to read texts critically and to formulate sophisticated analytical arguments about them. As a theme for this course, we'll explore the promises and problems of "The American Dream" as they are dealt with in 20th Century American literature, as well as how they continue to have ramifications for social life in the present. The considerable promise of the "American Dream" — that America is a land of self-making in which the individual is capable of flourishing both financially and spiritually — sits in uneasy contradiction with the limitations imposed on individual identity in America, both through complex identity categories (race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation) as well as by the presence of social and political power over the individual. In this course, we'll think about the opportunities and limits of individual identity in America, what American literature has to say about this, and why we should be concerned with the validity (and vitality) of the "American Dream." Literary readings will include several short stories and one novel, covering the early 1900s up through the present. In all, this course will provide you with the opportunity to improve your academic writing, to engage in intellectual thought and exchange with your peers, and to grapple with some crucial social and cultural issues.

Required Texts: "The Human Stain" by Philip Roth, which will be available at Shaman Drum Bookstore (or feel free to find a used copy, purchase at another store, etc).

ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
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