ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
Section: 018 Writing and Excess
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:

In this course, we will approach effective academic argumentation through the theme of excess. This theme of excess will guide our examination in two distinct ways. First, our course readings will feature literary and artistic works that thematize excess in some manner: for instance, literature or art which envisions itself as as a kind of excess, or which aims to create the feeling or sense of excess, or which features characters or protagonists characterized by excess (e.g. characters that are somehow “larger-than-life” or otherwise marked by excessive tendencies or desires, etc.). Second, and more importantly, we will use the concept of excess to help explore some of the major challenges presenting by academic writing and argumentation. For instance, we will explore academic writing as, in some basic sense, an attempt to wrestle with the excesses of reality, select out relevant patterns, and shape them into ordered and meaningful argument. Put another way, we will think about how academic writing tries to “tame” these excesses for its reader to create clarity and insight. But we will also explore how effective academic writing and argumentation aspires to generate a feeling of excess in the reader: for instance, using judiciously selected evidence to generate a sense of “overwhelming" support for an argument or of broader implications that extend the relevance of an argument beyond the confines of a single essay. We will also deal with the problem of taming excess “within” the essay: that is, how to identify and reduce redundancy or excess at the level of the sentence and at the level of argumentation and, in the process, to produce concise, elegant, and “lean” arguments. And at the center of this study will be the familiar technique of “close reading,” which moves in both these directions by, first, selecting out a “representative” or “rich” moment from a text and, second, reading and analyzing that moment with the aim of generating a argument about the text as a whole.

ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
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