ENGLISH 325 - Art of the Essay
Winter 2022, Section 011 - From Geek to Critic
Instruction Mode: Section 011 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of the First-Year Writing Requirement.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Sp, Su.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Perhaps, during these trying times, you have found yourself reading, watching, playing, and listening to more media than you ever have before. If so, you are not alone! Books, TV shows, movies, video games, and music have made many of us realize what some of us have known all along: art (broadly conceived) saves. In this upper-level essay writing course, you will have the opportunity to explore how and why a particular sort of art that you love has saved, nourished, comforted, restored, excited, or otherwise delighted YOU, and many others, too. 


The Urban Dictionary defines "geek" as "one who passionately engages in one or more things to extreme levels. A commonly ascribed term to people in the field of computer programming, but one does not have to be in a technical field to be a geek. The only criteria is an intense level of interest in something, often to a highly specialized degree." If you don't already identify as some sort of geek, that's absolutely OK, but you should be ready and willing to become one about something--what I'll refer to as your "niche"--over the course of this semester. You will NEED to cultivate "an intense level of interest in something" to succeed in this class, and to enjoy it! If you already identify as a geek of some sort, then get ready to take your geekdom to the next level. 


Geeks might be content to revel privately, or with a small group of fellow geeks. Critics, on the other hand, bring what they know and love to life for a much wider audience, and they develop arguments about what the stuff they geek out about means about the culture that produced it.  The essays you write in this class will help you learn how to use your geekiness to write well-informed, interesting, and persuasive criticism of the stuff you love: you'll be bringing whatever media you're passionate about to life for audiences that may not share your passion or even know much about this media and argue for its relevance and value, now and always.

Class Format:

This course is in person 

Schedule

ENGLISH 325 - Art of the Essay
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001 (SEM)
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11308
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
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11309
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
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11310
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
 Online
11311
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
005 (SEM)
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11312
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MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
006 (SEM)
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17270
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
007 (SEM)
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17271
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
008 (SEM)
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17272
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
009 (SEM)
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17273
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
010 (SEM)
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17274
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
011 (SEM)
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21630
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
012 (SEM)
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23138
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MW 5:30PM - 7:00PM
013 (SEM)
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23139
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
014 (SEM)
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28609
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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