ENGLISH 325 - Art of the Essay
Section: 104
Term: SP 2010
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
2
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of the First-Year Writing Requirement.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Sp, Su.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

As my subtitle indicates, this advanced essay writing course will focus equally on stylistic and argumentative risk-taking as on refining and polishing our ideas and sentences. Consequently, you will need to bring to class rigor of thought, a willingness to work outside your habits, and close attention to detail. All of our essays will be “personal”—their subjects will be drawn from first-hand experience and observation. However, our essays will also strive to engage with ideas, people and situations we have not yet fully considered. In this way, the writing we do in this course will seek to surprise even ourselves.

We will draw inspiration from published writers as well as from our own work. There will be frequent in class writing assignments, response papers and peer critiques due, not to mention the three longer essays you will write and revise. Which is to say, this course will require writing of you every time we meet, in one way or another.

To my mind, the best way to get writing started is to ask a set of specific questions of the world—and then to try to answer them as sincerely and specifically as you can. Accomplishing this requires a careful combination of humility and hubris. That combination—a willingness to risk big or new ideas, and a willingness to spend time and thought polishing those ideas —will be the foundation of everything we do here this term.

ENGLISH 325 - Art of the Essay
Schedule Listing
101 (SEM)
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50769
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WF 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: English 325 will be Permission of the Instructor after the first day of class.
102 (SEM)
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50771
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6
 
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WF 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: English 325 will be Permission of the Instructor after the first day of class.
103 (SEM)
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50773
Open
3
 
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MW 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: English 325 will be Permission of Instructor after the first day of class.
104 (SEM)
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50775
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1
 
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MW 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: English 325 will be Permission of the Instructor after the first day of class.
105 (SEM)
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53013
Open
8
 
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TuTh 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: English 325 will be Permission of the Instructor after the first day of class.
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ISBN: 9780385422987
The Art of the personal essay : an anthology from the classical era to the present, Publisher: Anchor Books 1994
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