Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Michaelson, Pat
Discipline and Number
LIT 3339 Section 001
TR Time 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Writing in Literary Studies

Description of Course:

This course is designed to help literature majors write with clarity and style. We will begin with a close reading of a major literary text (this semester, Austen’s Pride and Prejudice) and several essays about it. Other literary texts will be chosen by the students. We will use writing textbooks and a range of scholarly articles to consider questions such as “What kinds of problems do literary scholars address?” “How are their arguments structured?” “What kinds of evidence do they use?” and, “Can scholarly writing be engaging?” This course will prepare students to flourish in the literature major and to write large-scale papers such as the honors thesis.

Required Texts:

Graff and Birkenstein, _They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing_
Williams, _Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace_ (10th edition)
Austen, _Pride and Prejudice_ (Oxford edition)
Other literary texts to be chosen by students

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Thorough preparation for class discussion. Written work will include short exercises, a 7-page paper on a literary text, and a 12-page research paper.

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