English R1B

Reading & Composition: Illogical Fictions

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
11 Fall 2008 Monica Miller
TTh 11-12:30 225 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Beckett, Samuel. Waiting for Godot; Carroll, Lewis. Alice�s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass; O�Brien, Flann. The Third Policeman; O rwell, George. 1984; Stein, Gertrude. Tender Buttons; Course Reader


"As you will learn in this course, the key to good writing is impeccable logic, but as you will also learn, good writing is often terribly illogical. Although that statement may make little sense, it should give you a good idea of the kinds of logic you�ll encounter in the reading for this course.

In this course, we will examine works that bend, twist, or butcher logic�whether deliberately or accidentally, seriously or facetiously�with the perverse aim of learning to do the opposite in academic writing. We will interweave lessons in logical argumentation with discussions of works that parody logic, turn it on its head, and empty it of content. We will also apply what we�ve learned to an analysis of the use and abuse of logic in current examples of argumentative writing, such as political speeches, op-ed pieces, and letters to the editor.

Meanwhile, you will be using these writers� good or bad examples to assist you in crafting and critiquing your own writing. This course requires three essays: one short diagnostic paper and two longer papers that you will develop through a process of researching, drafting, reviewing, and revising. "

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