Courses in Institute for the Humanities (Division 394)

104. First Year Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies. (4). (Introductory Composition).
Section 001 Writing With, From, and Against Pictures.
What happens to experience when it is represented in pictures? What kinds of pictures do the stories we tell and hear create? How do words and pictures work with and against one another? Why do many children (and some adults) draw their way into writing? In this course we will consider these and other related questions as we look at and write about cave paintings, picture books, drawings, and photographs. We will explore the languages of color and line as we make field trips to museums and bring images from museums into our classroom; we will think about how pictures and stories change us and the way we see the world; we will write with, from and against pictures, developing capacities for composing and for seeing. Course texts will include William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience, John Steinbeck's Harvest Gypsies, Joy Harjo and Stephen Storm's Secrets from the Center of the World, Art Spiegelman's Maus, Dale Maharidge's Journey to Nowhere, and Michael Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. There will be four major papers, and daily informal writing. This course will satisfy the introductory composition requirement. (Gere)
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