ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
Section: 011
Term: WN 2013
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This class is about writing and academic inquiry, with a special emphasis on literature. Good arguments stem from good questions, and academic essays allow writers to write their way toward answers, toward figuring out what they think. In this writing-intensive course, students focus on the creation of complex, analytic, well-supported arguments addressing questions that matter in academic contexts. The course also hones students’ critical thinking and reading skills. Working closely with their peers and the instructor, students develop their essays through workshops and extensive revision and editing. Readings cover a variety of genres and often serve as models or prompts for assigned essays; the specific questions students pursue in essays are guided by their own interests.

The central inquiry this section of 124 will pursue is none other than what happens when the world ends. We will delve (without fear) into a diverse selection of contemporary narratives of apocalypse and dystopia. In turn, we'll use these texts to draft and revise analytical writing assignments that address questions like:

* How do narratives of apocalypse and post-apocalypse help us better understand our present cultural moment?
* Are we in some ways culturally obsessed with end-of-the-world anxieties? And if so, why? MBR>* How do these stories engage or criticize traditional concepts of good and evil? Are apocalyptic texts inherently “moral”?
* To what extent (if any) do stories of fear and destruction perhaps paradoxically offer readers hope?

Authors TBA, but will perhaps include stories or novels by Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Frank Miller, and Colson Whitehead.

ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
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Note:
Please note: these books are required and need to be actual, physical books. Kindle or electronic versions are not permitted. I apologize for this old-fashioned strictness.
ISBN: 9780307387899
READS-TO-GO [bookclub kit for the road]., Author: Cormac McCarthy., Publisher: NHLA READS-TO-GO 1st Vintag 2007
Required
ISBN: 9781597801058
Wastelands : stories of the Apocalypse, Author: edited by John Joseph Adams., Publisher: Nightshade Book 1st ed. 2008
Required
ISBN: 9780439023528
The Hunger Games, Author: Suzanne Collins., Publisher: Scholastic Inc. 10th print 2009
Required
ISBN: 9780805092431
The reapers are the angels : a novel, Author: Alden Bell., Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. 1st ed. 2010
Required
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