Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course is designed to enable students to become sophisticated readers of texts in the different disciplines of arts and humanities and to write cogent and stylish texts of their own. Students will practice interpretive strategies that are the basis of all reading. In addition, we will devote considerable attention to constructing clear, convincing, and elegant arguments in a series of written assignments.
This semester, we will focus on readings from and about Regency England (1811-1820), a period that saw great changes in literature, art, social customs, and economic structure. We will see how different kinds of texts address questions like "What is the nature of 'woman'?" "Does sex have a history?" "What caused the Industrial Revolution?" "What makes art 'good'?" and "Do literary works 'argue'?"
J. Austen, Persuasion (Norton edition)
M. Shelley, Frankenstein
Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz, Everything's an Argument
Additional readings in coursepack
J. Williams, Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
1. class participation, homework, and quizzes (40%)
2. one 4-5-page literature paper, revised (20%)
3. one 8-10-page research paper, revised (30%)
4. one creative project (10%)
There will not be a final exam for this course.