English R1A

Reading & Composition: Fictional Educations

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2008 Arcadia Falcone
MWF 10-11 222 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront?, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, Rules for Writers by Diana Hacker


"Everyone experiences childhood, but representing that experience from the perspective of adulthood is often an act as much of imagination as of memory. This course will engage with texts that undertake that imaginative act. We will discuss how these texts construct their child figures through language and narrative, and how cultural institutions such as the family and the school shape ideas of what a child is (or should be). Through examining these representations of childhood perception and of the process of education, we will consider how these texts might also attempt to educate their readers.

This course is a workshop for developing the skills necessary to be a perceptive reader and an expressive writer of texts. To that end we will break down the sometimes daunting task of producing an essay into a series of smaller, more manageable steps. We will discuss specific methods and strategies for the various stages of paper writing, from devising an initial topic to revising a final draft, from structuring an argument to structuring a sentence. To practice these skills, the course will require frequent reading and writing assignments; expect to turn in a piece of writing on most class days. The class will also require substantial engagement with your peers, through both class discussion and peer review of writing assignments.


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