ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
Section: 013
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:

This writing course focuses on the creation of complex, analytic, well-supported arguments that matter in academic contexts.  Students work closely with their peers and the instructor to develop their written prose.  Readings cover a variety of different genres, with a primary focus on literary texts. 

Writing focused, original, and compelling essays begins by asking questions that fascinate and puzzle us.  In this course, many of these questions will revolve around cities, both fictional and “real.”  Exploring thoughtful questions and expressing your ideas in clearly developed, convincing arguments is crucial to any discipline you may pursue.  Using a select body of city-based literature, we will practice analytical and writing skills that will significantly boost your academic success.  These skills include essay organization, development, coherence, productive revision, as well as the ability to read texts critically and to formulate sophisticated analytical arguments about them.  Some questions we will pursue through discussion and writing are: How and why does the city represented in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off distinctly differ from the city setting of Terminator?   How do authors use language to portray the city as a physical, social, and political space?   How do “real” cities influence literature, and how does the urban life depicted in fiction shape our own perceptions of the city?  

Literature of the City is a rigorous introduction to college-level composition.  Yet, this course is designed to progressively improve your work through a series of manageable assignments.  Engaging with literature from a variety of genres, you will work closely with each other and with me to complete a sequence of “exploratory” exercises, drafts, and revisions that culminate in four final papers.  By breaking these assignments into successive stages of writing, workshopping, and revision, we can zero-in on specific areas for improvement as you build towards creative, complex, and clearly supported arguments.  Our analysis of a short story, two versions of a novel, “UrbEx” blogs, and key theoretical articles will provide critical models for examining your own use of language to discuss crucial social, cultural, and literary issues. 

My hope for this course is to create an environment where students feel comfortable asking questions and working together as we navigate the challenges—and revel in the satisfactions—of creative inquiry and solid analytic writing.

ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
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ISBN: 9780940650527
City of glass, Author: Auster, Paul, 1947-, Publisher: Sun & Moon Press 1985
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ISBN: 9780312423605
City of glass, Author: Karasik, Paul., Publisher: Picador 2004
Required
ISBN: 039393361X
They Say/I Say The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing., Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc 2009
Required
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