ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
Section: 012
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:

Writing well — writing compellingly, persuasively, interestingly — begins with asking questions that interest and puzzle you. Exploring these questions and constructing thoughtful, well-supported arguments is crucial in any discipline you may pursue, and developing these skills is one of the main objectives of the course. While academic writing (and writing about literature in particular) has certain structures and expectations, writing is always an act of creativity and inquiry, and it is your unique curiosity and insight that enable you to show your readers new, surprising ways to understand a text or subject.

In this course, we will hone your skills of critical writing as we focus on literature in which animals — often distinguished from human “language users” — speak. Engaging with a range of texts from ancient fables through contemporary novels, we will consider such questions as: What are our expectations of and responses to such unusual speakers? Why might an author choose to have animals speak in a piece? How do these works of literature reveal changing attitudes about humanity’s place in the world?

This course is a rigorous introduction into writing for the college setting through a series of papers of varying lengths, reading responses, and class discussions. Your writing is the center of the course — you will usually have a writing assignment of some kind due every class period, equaling approximately 25 pages of graded writing by the end of the academic term. Class workshops give you the opportunity to write for a responsive audience of your peers and actively engage in the discussion of what makes good writing work.  

Texts include: Aesop's Fables, Alice in Wonderland, The Golden Compass

ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
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