RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Section: 010 Composition Through Editing
Term: FA 2018
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” asked E.M. Forster, in a statement that opens syllabi almost as often as “Since the dawn of mankind” opens student papers. And yet the culture of the university demands that we know what we think—it's a world of positions defended, platforms articulated, and intellectual consequences foreseen. If Forster is right, then, revision and editing would seem central to the mission of any university—and articulate reflection on what it is to revise would seem fundamental to one's intellectual maturation.

This course will invite students to take part in the ongoing scholarly conversation surrounding revision, and to examine the revision processes of writers at various levels of skill. On the further assumption that you never know a thing half as well as when you are forced to teach it to someone else, this course will also invite students to guide others in the act of revision. To do so, the course will partner with the Prison Creative Arts Project's Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing, a yearly anthology of work by inmates in Michigan prisons. This journal, produced by students and community volunteers, offers concrete and individualized feedback to each of the hundreds of writers whose work is rejected each year; students will have the opportunity to exemplify and complete their learning in this course by taking on a few such rejected manuscripts themselves.

Course Requirements:

Students can expect to read 20-30 pages per week, to draft and revise two pieces of writing, to revise one older piece of writing (which you consider the best work you've ever done), to write several smaller revision memos addressed to would-be MRPCW contributors, and to confer regularly on each others' writing (which will further develop their abilities as readers and self-revisers).

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RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
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30812
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22692
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30826
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23817
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29241
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