English R1A

Reading and Composition: Writing about Reading and Reading about Writing

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
13 Fall 2007 Karen Leibowitz
TTh 3:30-5:00 Wheeler 221

Other Readings and Media

"Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography

Frederick Douglass, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One�s Own

Italo Calvino, If on a Winter�s Night a Traveller

Diana Hacker, Rules for Writers

Course Reader containing texts by John Keats, John Styart Mill, Henry Adams, James Joyce, Elizabeth Bishop, and other readers and writers"


"In this course, students will not only practice reading and writing but also reflect on the meaning of reading and writing in autobiography, fiction, and poetry. We�ll discuss how societies have restricted reading and writing, what �good� reading and writing are (and who decides), and the pleasures of reading and writing. While we consider the potential uses and abuses of reading and writing, students will also reflect on their own experiences working and playing with words.

Students are expected to participate actively in class discussion and write in-class responses to the readings. Each student will write a short (2-page) essay, then three 5-page essays, each of which will be revised. We�ll treat writing as a process�working from thesis-formation, to outlines, and through multiple drafts. Students will respond to each others� work in both written and oral comments. "

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