ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
Section: 023
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
Other:
Theme
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

ENGLISH 124 is a writing-intensive course focused on the development of college-level academic writing skills through reading and analyzing literature.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at Michigan has chosen as its central theme for the Fall 2010 academic term the question “What makes life worth living? ” In Fall 2010, LSA “invites the campus and community to consider this question, which has been central to philosophical, religious, and political thought for millennia.” (For more on the Fall 2010 Theme Semester, go here.)

As scholars of literature and the humanities, we will use the theme academic term question as our guiding question for this course. We will examine how the question "What makes life worth living? " has been taken up and considered in literature, through a wide variety of works which engage the moral and spiritual inquiry that is at the heart of the question.

An eclectic group of authors will be our guides, including Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, Jack London, Leo Tolstoy, Flannery O’Connor, Norman Mailer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Wendell Berry, and P.D. James. We’ll also critically examine the question itself and the topics it brings to our discussion and to our writing.

Our approaches to this material will involve the following three frames:

Literary Genres our readings will be drawn from the traditional literary genres of short stories, novels, poems, and plays, and we will discuss the role of genres in our understanding of what literature is. We’ll also explore writings on the border of what is defined as “literature,” including contemporary writings of “literary nonfiction,” folk-based literature such as myths and fairy tales, the Wisdom literature of the Bible, and a couple of films as well.

Style and Stylistics — As part of our analysis of literature, and of our own writing, we’ll examine how the specific language choices made by authors contribute to the effects of their work. We’ll take a fine-grained, linguistic approach to the texts, looking closely at things such as grammar, syntax, diction, and punctuation, and we’ll turn that same analytical eye to our own writing to explore how we can learn to write with power, clarity, and grace.

Rhetoric and Writing — We’ll also approach both the literature that we read and our own writing through the lens of Rhetoric — the classical art of crafting our writing and choosing the most appropriate ways to express ideas for a given audience. We’ll do some short readings from historical and contemporary rhetorical theory, and work on rhetorical awareness in our writing.

This will be a writing-intensive, discussion-heavy, serious study of literature and writing, perhaps best suited to students who want to learn more about ways to approach literature, and who want to learn the specific genre of writing about literature.

However, anyone who loves books, who enjoys writing, or who appreciates a good challenge, will find a place here.

ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
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NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


Note:
Please note: Only four books are REQUIRED for this course - Sophokles, Shakespeare, James, and Berry. For the first two (_Sophokles: The Complete Plays_ and Shakespeare's _King Lear_), please be sure to get the *exact* edition specified here (use the 10-digit ISBN to make sure). In our class discussions of these books, it will be very important for everyone to have the same texts. For the James and Berry books, any editions will do fine. Also, we'll be reading Sophokles right at the start of class, so if nothing else make sure to get that book first - we'll start the others later on so there's time to shop around. All of the books listed here are also available via online merchants such as Amazon.com at low prices. The other four books are OPTIONAL - you may or may not want to buy them, depending upon your own needs as a writer. We'll read excerpts from the Foster and Trimble books in class; students who enjoy the excerpts may want to get copies of their own to read the whole thing. The final two books are suggested "handbooks" or "guidebooks" with practical information on college writing. Students who struggle with grammar/mechanics issues or with mastering the conventions of Standard Academic English may feel more confident with these books as supplementary material.
ISBN: 1575252651
Sophokles : the complete plays, Author: translated by Carl R. Mueller and Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek., Publisher: Smith and Kraus 1st ed. 2000
Required
ISBN: 074348276X
The Tragedy of King Lear, Author: William Shakespeare (Folger LIbrary, Edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine), Publisher: Washington Square Press (Simon & Shuster) 1994
Required
ISBN: 0307275434
The children of men, Author: P.D. James., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 2006
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1593761643
Andy Catlett : early travels : a novel, Author: Wendell Berry., Publisher: Counterpoint 2008
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 006000942X
How to read literature like a professor : a lively and entertaining guide to reading between the lines, Author: Thomas C. Foster., Publisher: Quill 1. ed., [N 2007
Optional
ISBN: 0130257133
Writing with style : conversations on the art of writing, Author: John R. Trimble., Publisher: Prentice Hall 2nd ed., S 2000
Optional
ISBN: 0130261602
The Prentice Hall pocket guide to writing about literature, Author: Edward A. Shannon., Publisher: Prentice Hall 2002
Optional
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0205602959
A short guide to writing about literature, Author: Sylvan Barnet, William E. Cain., Publisher: Pearson/Longman 11th ed. 2009
Optional
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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