RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 007 Writing In Transition
Term: FA 2009
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SWC Writing Assessment. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

George Benson crooned in the 70s: Everything must change; nothing stays the same

And so it continues - dramatic social and political change within which we experience personal transitions. During the term we will read an eclectic assortment of fiction, reflecting dramatic social change and/or personal transitions that evolve from seemingly imperceptible shifts. Ranging from Ernest Hemingway’s powerful story of war, For Whom the Bell Tolls, to Paul S. Flores’ Along the Border Lies, we will experience a variety of expressions of transitions, including Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy; Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God; and Harriette Arnow’s The Dollmaker.
Writing is a process that includes brainstorming, researching, creating drafts and rewriting in order to achieve a finished product. Along the way, we often discover that original ideas may metamorphose as words meet paper and the writer begins to interact with them outside of the head.
This class will be opportunity rich for interacting with words outside of the head and learning about shifts in content and style as we attempt to explore the shifts in our lives and place ourselves in a social context. The course will emphasize the use of details, humor, personal observation and an assortment of techniques used in fiction that can strengthen expository writing.
The only way to learn to write is to write. To that end, students will write a series of five papers, each 4-5 pages in length, based on the assigned readings. The sixth and final project will be an 8-10 page paper, exploring some aspect of social and/or personal transition. All work will include revisions as needed. In addition, students should be prepared to share work in class as well as participate in creative, in-class writing exercises.

Required Reading:

  • Ernest HemingwayFor Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Zora Neale HurstonTheir Eyes Were Watching God
  • Harriette ArnowThe Dollmaker
  • Jamaica KincaidLucy
  • Paul S. FloresAlong the Border Lies

    Technical Resource: William Strunk and E.B. WhiteThe Elements of Style

RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
20291
Open
2
2RC Ugrd
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
20293
Open
2
2RC Ugrd
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
003 (SEM)
P
22943
Open
1
1RC Ugrd
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WF 11:00AM - 1:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
25635
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (SEM)
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25637
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:30PM
006 (SEM)
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25639
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
M 7:00PM - 9:00PM
007 (SEM)
P
25641
Open
1
1RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
008 (SEM)
P
25643
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
009 (SEM)
P
25645
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
010 (SEM)
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25647
Closed
0
 
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
011 (SEM)
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37073
Closed
0
 
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
012 (SEM)
P
31485
Closed
0
 
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
014 (SEM)
P
29191
Open
1
1RC Ugrd
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
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Note:
We will read the Devil's Highway instead of Along the Border Lies.
ISBN: 0684803356
For whom the bell tolls, Author: Ernest Hemingway., Publisher: Scribner Paperback Fiction 1st Scribn 1995
Required
ISBN: 9780060529345
The dollmaker, Author: Harriette Arnow., Publisher: Perennial 1st Perenn 1954
Required
ISBN: 0060916508
Their eyes were watching God : a novel, Author: Zora Neale Hurston ; with a new foreword by Mary Helen Washington., Publisher: Perennial Library 1st Perenn 1990
Required
ISBN: 0452266777
Lucy, Author: Jamaica Kincaid., Publisher: Plume 1991
Required
ISBN: 9780316010801
The devil's highway : a true story, Author: Luis Alberto Urrea., Publisher: Little, Brown 1st Back B 2005
Required
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