English R1B

Reading and Composition: Trade-offs and Sacrifices

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2007 Jami Bartlett
MWF 10-11 103 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

"Jane Austen, Persuasion

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night

Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

Ernest Hemingway, To Have and Have Not

Andrea Lunsford, Easy Writer

Edith Wharton, Age of Innocence

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

Course reader

Michael Curtiz, Casablanca

Stanley Kubrick, Dr. Strangelove

Mel Stuart, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"


"This course continues your R1A training in the systematic practice of reading and writing, with the aim of developing your fluency through longer expository papers, and the incorporation of research into argumentation. You will be responsible for writing and revising 3 papers (each 5-8 pages in length), two in-class essays, three rounds of peer editing, and weekly responses to required reading.

The topic of this course, ?Trade-offs and Sacrifices,? says as much about the thematic concerns of the works we?ll be reading as it does about the practice of writing itself. While we strive for the perfect realization of all our arguments in well-wrought, cognitively sound prose, this course will help us recognize our striving as a ?tending toward,? valuing the imperfect effort as a stage in our life-long relationship to writing. We will focus our development as critical thinkers on the substance and style of the expository essay, and learn how to find and manage our weaknesses in the genre with practical techniques. "

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