Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Canby, Joan
Discipline and Number
LIT 3304 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Advanced Composition

Description of Course:

Advanced composition aims to enhance your connection between active reading, critical thinking, and thoughtful writing as you work on learning rhetorical strategies from the readings and applying them to your writing. This course is based on the notion that the development of ideas is a communal process. As such, you will form writing groups devoted to the peer editing process. We will explore a variety of texts including fiction,
non-fiction and analyze them for audience purpose and argument. As a community of writers, we will read, discuss and react to challenging texts: write short weekly reaction/position papers; and research, compose and revise two essays of substantial length.

Required Texts:


Robert Scholes, Nancy Comley and Gregory Ulmer, Text Book: Writing Through
Literature. 3rd ed. Bedford/St. Martins, 2002
ISBN: 0312-24879-2

Joseph Gibaldi, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. Modern
Language Association, 2009.
ISBN: 978-1-60329-024-1

Recommended Textbooks:

Verburg, Carol J, ed. Ourselves Among Others: Readings from Home and Abroad. 4th. Ed. New York: Bedford St. Martin’s, 2000.

Williams, Joseph. Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace. 10th ed. New York: Pearson Longman

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


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