For all English classes, registered students must be present at each of the first two meetings to claim their places. Any students who does not meet this requirement may be dropped from the course. NOTE: If you must miss a class due to religious observances, contact the instructor or leave a message for the instructor with the department. (764-6330)
124. College Writing: Writing and Literature. ECB writing assessment. (Introductory Composition).
By connecting the two terms of its title, Writing and Literature aims to help prepare the student to produce the range and quality of expository prose expected in college courses. Works of literature will be considered for their effective use of language and argument. They will serve as reference points for thinking and writing strategies. Characteristically, sections of English 124 will involve the writing of a minimum of six essays, with considerable attention given to the preparation of drafts and to revision. The literary works which will serve as points of reference will vary from section to section and from term to term.
125. College Writing. ECB writing assessment. (Introductory Composition).
Like English 124 (Writing and Literature), English 125 (College Writing) prepares students for the various kinds of academic writing required of them as undergraduates at the University of Michigan. In addition to informal exercises or impromptu essays, students can expect to write six or more formal papers exemplifying the various modes of discourse which comprise our academic community. *Sections 206 and 207 must be elected through CSP.
223. Creative Writing. Completion of the
Introductory Composition requirement. (HU). May not be repeated
Section 101 – Creative Writing and the other arts. This section of 223 explores ways of combining writing with other forms of art in various media, including pictorial/graphic and performance arts. It presupposes experience with at least one art form and interest in finding ways of combining it with others in a workshop setting of collaboration and group discussion. (Wright)
225. Argumentative Writing. Completion of the Introductory Composition requirement. (HU).
This course furthers the aim of English 124 and 125 in helping to analyze the various claims of a given issue and to develop ways of exploring and defending positions, ideas and beliefs in writing. Careful attention will be paid to the process of reasoning, the testing of assumptions and claims, the questioning of beliefs and the discovery of ideas and evidence through analysis and rigorous articulation and discourse. The course will also focus on considerations of style, formal strategies techniques, and revision as integral to precision in making points and developing argumentative ideas both for the purposes of individual reflection as well as for the purpose of persuading an audience.
230. Introduction to Short Story and Novel. (HU).
Rather than a comprehensive survey of the short story and novel, this course offers an introduction to the basic techniques of analyzing prose fiction. Beginning with short stories, students learn to define questions of narrative construction, voice, characterization, theme, and style. As critical facility increases, the course will consider more challenging and in some cases experimental fiction. At least three novels will be read in addition to numerous short stories. Students should expect to read substantial amounts of fiction, to participate in class discussions, and to write several short literary analyses.
240. Introduction to Poetry. Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (HU).
The student in this course learns to read and study poems in order to increase enjoyment, knowledge and appreciation of poetry. This course is a prerequisite to the English concentration program.
270. Introduction to American Literature. (HU).
Section 201. We will study authors and traditions of American Literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, beginning with Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Whitman, and Dickinson. Written work will include journals, short reports, and a longer paper. Cost:2 WL:1 (Wright)
Primarily for Juniors and Seniors
325. Essay Writing: The Art of Exposition. (Excl).
Section 201. This is an upper level composition course for students interested in improving their writing. All classes will proceed on the assumption that these basic principles inform good writing: that writing is thinking, that writing well requires attention to issues of audience; that revision is a necessary part of the writing process; and that all writing reflects the writer's view of the world. Class discussion will include a consideration of student writing. To focus discussion and to provide subject matter for writing assignments, readings by professional writers will be assigned. You will write one paper (4-5 pages) per week. (Lenaghan)
367. Shakespeare's Principal Plays. (HU).
In this section, we will read six or seven of Shakespeare's major plays, examining them from a variety of critical perspectives. The plays will include, The Merchant of Venice, Midsummer Night's Dream, 1 Henry IV, Hamlet, King Lear, and The Tempest. The class format will combine lecture and discussion; we will do some group reading of selected scenes and may even watch a film or two. There will be midterm and final exams and a ten page (or so) term paper. We will use the inexpensive Signet editions. Satisfies the Pre-1830 requirement for English concentrators. Cost:1 WL:1 (Beauchamp)
370. Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature.
(Excl). May be repeated for credit with department
Section 201. In this course we will read some of the Canterbury Tales, from the beginning, and Paradise Lost, from the end of our time span. In between, we will read a concentrated selection of short poems and two or three non-Shakespearean plays of the Renaissance. The class work will be largely devoted to discussion of some of the assigned readings. There will be short written exercises, three papers and two special exams, and a final. The course text will be the first of the Norton Anthology of English Literature, 5th edition, ed. Abrams et al. This course meets the pre-1600 requirement for the English concentration program. WL:1 (Lenaghan)
372. Studies in Literature, 1830-Present. (Excl).
May be repeated for credit with department permission.
Section 201. This course will examine the development of Modernist fiction in the early decades of the twentieth century, concentration on six major representative works: Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Mann's, Death in Venice, Joyce's Portrait of the artist as a Young Man, Woolf's To the Light House. Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, and Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover. Class size allowing, each student will make a 10-15 minute presentation on some aspect of one of these works. There will be a midterm and a final exam and a term paper of about 10 pages. Cost:1 WL:1 (Beauchamp)
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