English R1B

Reading & Composition: Stylin�

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
6 Fall 2008 Stephen Katz
MWF 2-3 225 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

"Greene, Graham, The End of The Affair.

Marie Borroff, editor, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Doctorow, E. L. The Book of Daniel.

Price, Reynolds. A Long and Happy Life.

Plus a course reader. "


"In this class we will consider style as a literary and a cultural problematic. We will endeavor to find precise ways of talking about the distinctive style of a text, and we will think about style in a broader sense, as a currency that promises creativity and hipness to those who know how to find it. All of the texts for this course are fraught by a tension about style, finding themselves caught sorting out the difference between permanence and mere trendiness, bookishness and worldliness, an idiosyncratic voice and a collective mood. Above all, style is meant to be noticed, and each of our texts is also freighted by the awareness that it wants to be checked out.

Such issues will be our intellectual fodder as we address the writerly concerns of the R1B syllabus. Over the course of the semester, we will work to build your fluency and confidence in pulling off great college writing through a number of short to medium-length writing assignments, and culminating in a research project on a topic of your choosing. Our concentration on style will allow us to consider the technical aspects of good writing (grammar, thesis, evidence, voice) in ways more pulse-quickening than such a list might at first suggest. Our common goal will be the mastery of those competencies necessary for the production of startlingly good analytic prose. All of this will acquaint you with the forms of argumentation that you will need at your disposal for such perils as one encounters in the classrooms of Berkeley , and beyond. "

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