English R1A

Reading and Composition: Mission Creep: Writing in Wartime


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
7 Spring 2017 Larner-Lewis, Jonathan
TTh 5-6:30 189 Dwinelle Reading and Composition

Book List

Sacco, Joe: Journalism; Scranton, Roy and Gallagher, Matt, eds.: Fire and Forget: Short Stories From the Long War

Other Readings and Media

A reader of poetry and essays. (I will build PDFs and post on bCourses.)

Description

Please note the changes in the instructor, topic, course description, and book list of this section of English R1A (as of 11/4/16).

We're still fighting "The Forever War." We've learned to live with it. But how do we experience it, beyond color-coded terrorist threats, toothpaste confiscations, walking through the airport in our socks?  What do we talk about when we talk about war and what does it do to our language? TSA, NSA, IEDs, ISIS, FUBAR, etc. How does our experience of war look and sound in our cultural output? In this class we will read poetry, fiction, and journalism about war, and watch a few films. But our primary text will be our own writing, and the writing of our peers. The course will center around rigorous peer review workshops and required rewrites. Before it's over (will it ever end?) we'll forge a relationship with our own writing process that's less combative and less traumatic.


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