English R1B

Reading & Composition: Beyond Islands

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
8 Spring 2012 Shelley, Jonathan
MWF 12-1 262 Dwinelle

Book List

Defoe, Daniel: Robinson Crusoe; More, Thomas: Utopia; Shakespeare, William: The Tempest; Swift, Jonathan: The Writings of Jonathan Swift; Wells, H.G.: The Island of Dr. Moreau;

Recommended: Hacker, Diana: Pocket Style Manual

Other Readings and Media

The Island (film), Michael Bay


The meaning behind this class’s title is twofold. While it will use islands—which frequently inhabit a strange, fantastical space—as a guiding theme for its selection of texts and readings, this class encourages thinking beyond that theme to the wide range of topics, issues, and questions that these texts elicit. These might include (but are not limited to) political philosophy, economic theory, empire, colonialism, satire, ethical treatment of humans and animals, ecocritcism, theories of the other, and magic. This class hopes to employ interesting readings in order to engage and discuss multiple lines of inquiry and write about them effectively.

The primary goals of this class are to refine comprehension and analytical skills, improve writing, and learn basic research skills. Students will compose essays of varying length and investigate a topic of their own choosing and design for a final research paper.

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