ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
Section: 029
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:

It's been nearly two thousand years since Ovid first spoke of "forms changed into new bodies," yet "metamorphosis" — in its many meanings and manifestations, its delights and dangers — has proven a remarkably fertile ground for literary and theoretical exploration.  Metamorphoses occur all around us — not only in the natural world, the texts we read, and the movies we watch, but even within our own lives, bodies, identities, and emotions.  But what does it mean to change, to adapt, to transform, to metamorphose?   How does the concept of metamorphosis relate to issues of language, identity, class, gender, sexuality, trauma, violence, youth, love and freedom?    How have specific authors, working within their own social and historical contexts, explored and adapted this concept to address concerns both immediate and existential?   How has "metamorphosis" itself changed?

This class will explore these questions, and many others, through the close analysis of literary texts.  We will begin the term with notable selections from Ovid, utilizing these narratives to develop our skills as critical readers, writers, and thinkers at the university level.  In doing so, students will be forced to wrestle with the metamorphic qualities of language itself — that is, how we locate and articulate meaning(s) in the work of another writer, how we transform our own thoughts and ideas into a formal expression of position (in thoughtful, coherent, and argumentative essays), and how we develop our own voice

—  and articulate our own perspective — within a community of scholars.  As an introduction to college writing, this course will focus specifically on the production of an academic argument

—  from the initial practice of critical reading to the productive pleasures of final revision.   Grades will be determined through the evaluation of a student's written work, homework assignments, class preparation and participation. 

 

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.


Note:
Other textbooks may be added at a later point - if so, I will send an email to all enrolled students. Students may purchase alternate editions of Ovid and Shakespeare if necessary, but I do recommend the Norton Critical Edition of Kafka.
ISBN: 014044789X
Metamorphoses, Author: Ovid, David Raeburn (trans), Denis Feeney (introduction), Publisher: Penguin Classic 2004
Required
ISBN: 0140714693
Pericles Prince of Tyre, Author: William Shakespeare. Ed. by Stephen Orgel., Publisher: Penguin Books New ed. 2001
Required
ISBN: 0393967972
The Metamorphosis, Author: Franz Kafka, Stanley Corngold (trans.), Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. NORTON CRI 1996
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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