The purpose of this course is to advance the writing, reading and critical thinking skills of students. In this class students can expect to read fiction and poetry, and write critical essays in response that chronicle intellectual and emotional reactions to readings. We will explore the elements of good academic prose: the basic structure of an essay, rhetoric, grammar, and style. Mastering the art of composition will be advantageous for your college career. However, good writing transcends the pragmatic objectives of this course. Rather, writing might be one of the best ways to figure out who you are, where you are and what you think. That is why it is imperative in this course that you write like yourself. Within the boundaries of essay requirements, there is ample room for self-expression. It isn’t necessary to take on a persona that uses words, turns of phrase and academic jargon to write a convincing argument or an essay. This class is dedicated to developing an authentic writing voice, and using that voice to establish a dialogue with our subject texts, with each other and ourselves.
Students work closely with their peers and the instructor to develop their written prose.
1) Literature: The Human Experience Shorter: Reading and Writing (eds. Abcarian and Klotz)
2) Writing About Literature: A Portable Guide (author Janet E. Gardner)
3) Jesus' Son: Stories (author Denis Johnson)
4) Home (author Marilynne Robinson)
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