English R1B

Reading and Composition: Highway 61

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
9 Fall 2007 Alia Yap Pan
TTh 11-12.30 106 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

"Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49

Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon"


" In his song �Highway 61� Bob Dylan suggests we can solve all of our problems by taking to the road. The song also expresses the American love affair with mobility. Through twentieth-century American novels, we will examine the circumstances that give rise to movement as well as the physical and social structures that facilitate leaving home. The characters in these works set out to fight wars, find work, escape relationships, evade the law and search for answers. We will explore how race, class and gender factor into how and why one becomes a wanderer. Towards the end of the term, we will consider how these travel narratives help to define what it means to be American.

The aim of this course is to refine the critical reading and writing skills gained in English R1A and prepare them to produce a research paper. Good writing comes from good reading and in this class we will closely read and discuss the required texts. We will also work on how to develop a thesis, utilize an outline, organize an argument and use secondary sources. Writing requires rewriting and in this class students will revise their work based on comments they receive in office hours and from peer editing. Students will also be expected to use secondary sources in their essays and we will learn how to do research on literary texts. "

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