English R1B

Reading & Composition: "The Ghostly Time of the �Present� has no Boundaries

Instructor: David Menilla"

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
7 Fall 2008 David Menilla
MWF 3-4 225 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying; Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway; Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior; Toni Morrison, Beloved; A course reader will also be assigned.


"The texts we will read in this course will challenge us to think about how a story is constructed. Our imagination and critical thinking skills will be stretched to their limits by novels which disrupt assumptions we may have about how a story develops in time. We will read novels where the story oscillates back and forth from the past to the present. And we will get to know characters that come back from the dead; some that seem to travel into the future, others into the past. Authors will become characters in their stories, characters will become third person narrators, and we will become active participants in the stories we read. Can you imagine being a character of the story you are reading? We will be confronted by scattered pieces of narrative that will require the work of our hands and our minds to piece together. The skill of close reading will help us to see the pieces more clearly and how they might fit together; moreover, the way we think about a text will also help us to think about how we write.

Course Objectives: I want us to think about writing as an ongoing discussion we have with ourselves and the ideas that others have had on the text. We will incorporate critical perspectives which will question our assumptions about a text at the same time that they will enrich our reading of it. Our job is to understand how we can incorporate the research that we conduct with the ideas we have found through close reading. The goal of this class is to develop the skills needed to read, analyze, and write about literature, and to acquaint you with the research skills needed to write larger expository essays. To this end, you will be asked to write a number of short essays of 4-6 pages based on class readings, which will culminate in a final expository essay of 8-10 pages. You will have the opportunity of honing your writing skills through peer-editing exercises, and meetings with me, that will focus on drafting and revising your work. Ultimately, you should be prepared to write a minimum of 32 pages in addition to completing the required reading for this course."

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