ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
Section: 005 Contemporary Underworlds
Term: FA 2017
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:

Though representations of underworlds are hardly the cultural inventions of the industrial and post-industrial periods, the emergence of the industrial city and the totalizing dominance of Western capitalism as a social order have given this particular figuration a special potency in American culture of the 20th century. Poet and literary critic, Thomas Heise, explains, “The concept of an underworld is by definition spatial (‘under’) and social (‘world’). As a figure of derision, it collapses social and spatial marginality into each other like a clamshell, creating a newly compacted site of cultural waste, abjection, and exclusion where myriad fears and fantasies can be located.” Over the course of the semester we will trace these particular features—waste, abjection, exclusion, fear, fantasy—and numerous others, across a range of cultural objects, including works of literature and film. Alongside these cultural objects, we’ll dust off some influential theories of mind and society—Freud and Marx, particularly—that in one way or another rely on the image of a visible surface and a latent, hidden underside, and which may give us useful lenses for thinking and writing about the cultural objects we encounter.

This is a class designed to develop your ability to write original, nuanced interpretive essays. We will distinguish interpretive writing from other kinds of academic and non-academic writing and explicitly discuss what makes an interpretation rich, complex, and insightful. We will also talk about the writing process itself, ways for you to manage writing time and creative energy, as well as the causes of writing anxiety and strategies for getting past it. The course will involve three major writing assignments, accompanied by short, informal posts on the course forum where you can develop your ideas for class discussion and for your written work.

ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
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