Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
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, Austenâ€™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 â€œWhat kinds of problems do literary scholars address?â€ â€œHow are their arguments structured?â€ â€œWhat kinds of evidence do they use?â€ and, â€œCan scholarly writing be engaging?â€ This course will prepare students to flourish in the literature major and to write large-scale papers such as the honors thesis.
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.