English R1A

Reading & Composition: Ghosts of the Past

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
8 Spring 2012 Knox, Marisa Palacios
TTh 8-9:30 222 Wheeler

Book List

Austen, Jane: Persuasion; Dickens, Charles: A Christmas Carol; Douglass, Frederick: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; Hacker, Diana: Rules for Writers; Ishiguro, Kazuo: Remains of the Day


This course will focus on the presence of the past in various literary genres and texts. We will examine how the past is embodied through flashback, memory, and recurrence, and explore the formal means by which the past structures or intrudes upon narratives. The class will also analyze the ways in which the past either grounds the “reality” of a text, or somehow destabilizes it and by extension the reading process.

Students in turn will continuously work on developing their own writing skills toward clear exposition and argumentation. Through classroom attention to issues of grammar, syntax, structure, and style as well as peer editing and extensive revision for three of four required essays (increasing in length from two to five pages), the course should prepare students to articulate their ideas fluently and coherently in writing.


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