ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
Section: 007
Term: WN 2010
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:

While many texts imagine characters and worlds far removed from our own, many others attempt to represent immediate personal, historical, and political events.  In times of crisis and transformation, writers turn to narrative in order to report on and document change, to comprehend traumatic events, and to understand the sweep of history and their place in it.  Over the course of the academic term, we will think about how language and narrative attempt to represent violent, traumatic, and transformative events.  We will also be thinking about the relation of language to other forms of representation like films and photographs, and we will compare the texts we read to mass media images and reports.  At the same time, we will interrogate the subject positions out of which we analyze such texts.

In this course, we will read, discuss, and analyze works of art that respond to moments of personal and political crisis.  We will also read life narratives and first-hand accounts that challenge the way we distinguish fact from fiction.  Our main texts will most likely be Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel Maus I&II and Don DeLillo’s 9-11 novel Falling Man.  We will also be reading several short stories, poems, and essays and viewing documentary films.  Looking at these texts together, we will explore such questions as:

  • What is the difference between fact and fiction?
  • How do different mediums and genres attempt to represent the truth of an event?
  • How do authors represent themselves and their experiences in narrative form?
  • What is the difference between literature and the news?
  • How do you write about what you see?

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.

ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
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ISBN: 1416546022
Falling man : a novel, Author: DeLillo, Don., Publisher: Scribner 2007
Required
ISBN: 9780394747231
Maus : a survivor's tale, Author: Spiegelman, Art., Publisher: Pantheon Books 1986
Required
ISBN: 9780679729778
Maus II : a survivor's tale : and here my troubles began, Author: Spiegelman, Art., Publisher: Pantheon Books 1991
Required
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