ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
Section: 018
Term: FA 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
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
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 instructors to develop their written prose. Readings cover a variety of different genres, with a primary focus on literary texts.

Every time you write, you choose what words to use or not to use. Argumentative and academic writing, like all writing, is a matter of word choice. This course deals with the different meanings inherent in, and the multifaceted rhetorical potential of, a single word — “Evil”.

We will consider how writers at once deal with the ideas of evil and use the word 'evil' with specific rhetorical purpose in texts ranging from poetry to philosophy to journalism from the medieval period until the current day. As we consider how our own writing works in relation to ideas and to rhetoric, we will ask questions such as:

  • Can one write history without using the word evil?
  • Does evil pre-define good?
  • Why might a politician call his rivals evil?
  • Why do secular writers use the word evil?
  • Is the language of evil always present in public discourse?
  • And most of all, what words do we choose to express our ideas with and why?

Focus on our word 'evil' will allow students to consider how concepts such as good, ethics, choice, chance, agency and blame are framed, culturally and linguistically, in this single word/concept.   Focusing on the dense conceptual content of small blocks of language, students will develop their ability to deal with nuanced ideas in precise terms through sustained engagement with the vast ramifications of a single word.

We will read literary works by the likes of Shakespeare, Melville and Flannery O’Connor, history by Gitta Sereny and Hannah Arendt, public rhetoric by George W Bush and Martin Luther King, philosophy by Kant and Liebniz, popular websites, laws of the land and much more.  Students will be asked to find relevant pieces of writing and comment on them.  But mainly, they themselves will write.

ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
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