LHSP 228 - What is Writing?
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Lloyd Hall Scholars Program (LHSP)
Department: LSA Lloyd Hall Scholars
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
A maximum of 20 Lloyd Hall Scholars Program credits may be counted toward a degree.
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of the First-Year Writing Requirement.
May not be repeated for credit.

The logic of this course is that the query from which it derives its title – What Is Writing? – is a tremendously productive but fabulously tricky question.

Our appreciation and understanding of writing is, in fact, confused by our belief that we know the answer to that question already. In this class, we are committed to exploiting our ignorance as well as remedying it – we are going to ask questions about writing and reading that seem obvious so as to reveal what it is about this most various of human activities that has thus far been obscured. To clarify matters, we are going to perform a kind of semester-long scavenger hunt: we will find, interrogate and collaborate with professionals in publishing and editing; law and legal culture; sociology and social work; and history, literature and journalism. We will find sportswriters and screenwriters, poets and politicians. And we will gain from these collaborations both a sense of what skills are shared by all disciplines and how these skills are best adapted to the rhetorical and discipline-specific requirements of each. We may not answer the titular question, but it won't be for lack of antic adventurous trying.

LHSP 228 - What is Writing?
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