RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 012 Saving the World with a Story: Writers' Voices of Conscience in Fiction
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:

A writer’s impulse to create a work of fiction often is driven both by the desire to tell a good story and the compulsion to right wrongs, or cast a spotlight on an issue or an historical event. This sense of dual purpose can collide as the author places a story and cast of characters in service to the message he or she wants to convey. If a writer allows the message to rule the messenger of story and voice, characters and conflicts may become pawns of the issue. An intimate story can become lost in an ambitious plot and scope of action. Characters can suffocate under the weight of a heavy-handed author’s voice. How do writers tell good stories as they do what they consider to be good work for society and their own conscience?

This course examines the artistic role of social issues and historical events in fiction. We’ll explore how authors craft smaller scale dramas from large scale events; how a writer creates characters we both love and listen to; and how successfully different authors present their personal stake in an issue through their storytelling. As we read, we will ask ourselves: Do we like the story as much as we are learning from it? Is this story great literature, a great message, or a successful combination of both?

We will read work by such contemporary authors as Dave Eggers, Toni Morrison, and Don DeLillo to examine how writers blend their message with their craft, and whether they achieve an artistic balance between their stories and their voice.

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)
P
25637
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:30PM
006 (SEM)
P
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)
P
25647
Closed
0
 
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
011 (SEM)
P
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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ISBN: 9780143112266
Oil! : a novel, Author: Upton Sinclair., Publisher: Penguin Books 2007
Required
ISBN: 9780618919789
Charity girl, Author: Michael Lowenthal., Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 2008
Required
ISBN: 9780307385901
What is the what : the autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng : a novel, Author: by Dave Eggers., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 2007
Required
ISBN: 9780307264237
A mercy, Author: Toni Morrison., Publisher: Knopf 1st ed. 2008
Required
ISBN: 0140274987
White noise : text and criticism, Author: Don DeLillo. Ed. by Mark Osteen., Publisher: Penguin Books 1998
Required
ISBN: 0312450257
A writer's reference, Author: Diana Hacker ; contributing authors, Nancy Sommers, Tom Jehn, Jane Rosenzweig ; contributing ESL specialist, Marcy Carbajal Van Horn., Publisher: Bedford/St. Martins 6th ed. 2007
Required
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