Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Michaelson, Pat
Discipline and Number
LIT 3339 Section 001
TR Time 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Course Title
Writing in Literary Studies

Description of Course:

This course is designed to help students write about literary works with clarity and panache. This semester, we will read three canonical works, one chosen by the professor (_Pride and Prejudice_), and two chosen by the students, along with selected scholarly essays about them. Writing topics will include: variety, emphasis, and cohesion in sentences and paragraphs; finding a "problem" to address; research skills; conventions of scholarly writing; managing a large-scale project. Students who complete this course successfully will be prepared to write honors-level theses in literary studies.

Required Texts:

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World Classics edition)
Williams and Colomb, Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (10th edition)
Graff and Birkenstein, They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing
others TBA

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Class participation: 30%
Short analytical paper (20%)
Short research paper (20%)
Longer research paper (30%)

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