ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
Section: 019
Term: FA 2009
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Course Note:
This course studies the intersection between critical thinking and persuasive writing, and, using literary texts as the point of reference, takes as its goal the development of the student's skill at writing cogent expository and argumentative prose.
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Be happy!  Be healthy!  Enjoy yourself!  Why are these injunctions mainstays in contemporary social life?   What does it take to be happy? Over the course of the academic term, we will explore these and related questions, focusing especially on how language and narrative construct and perpetuate the mandate to be both emotionally and physically healthy.  Taking various literary texts, films, and essays as our guideposts, we will interrogate the very terms of these injunctions, considering the forms of these narratives as well as the historical and cultural conditions that created them.  We will also think about how and why they have manifested in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, oftentimes around critical discourses about class, race, and gender.  

Our main texts will be Nella Larsen’s classic book Passing, Don DeLillo’s new novel The Falling Man, and Zach Helm’s film Stranger than Fiction.  We will supplement these readings with short stories, poems, film clips, and essays by authors like A.M. Holmes, Walter Benjamin, and Herman Melville.  Looking at these myriad texts together we will explore such questions as: What does it mean to be a happy person?   Is there any revolutionary potential in enjoying oneself?   What does this all look like in the aftermath of trauma?   In the end, might it be better to just be bored?

More broadly, this course is designed to help you develop your writing and reading skills, preparing you for the various writing assignments you will encounter as you continue your academic career. Academic writing will be a vital part of your experience at the University of Michigan and will play an important role in your post-undergraduate endeavors.  We will not accomplish our goals through quick and easy “if you do this, you can write” tutorials.  Instead, we will hone reading, writing, and interpretation skills through critical reading, discussion, collaboration, writing, and revising.  By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • read and respond to challenging literary texts with a critical eye
  • develop clear, focused, original arguments in writing
  • successfully integrate textual evidence with original ideas
  • ask important questions of your own writing in order to revise, re-conceptualize, and strengthen your own arguments
  • develop an awareness of the contexts of your own reading and the choices you make as a writer

A note on required texts.  You are only required to purchase two texts for this course: The Falling Man, by Don DeLillo (Scribner, 2008, $14.00) and Passing, by Nella Larsen (Norton, 2007, $10.12).  There will, however, be several readings posted on the course tools site.  Please know that you will be asked to bring hard copies of all materials with you to class, and so the cost of printing will be reasonable but will also be part of the expense for this course.

ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
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NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


ISBN: 0739490451
Falling Man, Author: Don DeLillo, Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Required
ISBN: 9780393979169
Passing : authoritative text, backgrounds and contexts, criticism, Author: Larsen, Nella., Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co 2007
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ISBN: 0312450257
A Writer's Reference, Author: Diana Hacker, Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's 6TH
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