English R1B

Reading and Composition: Reading Closely and Writing

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
14 Spring 2007 Joseph Patrick Jordan
TTh 11-12:30 103 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

"Anton Chekhov, The Portable Chekhov

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Margaret Ferguson, Mary Jo Salter, Jon Stallworthy, eds., The Norton Anthology of Poetry

(e.g., at least one sonnet from Shakespeare, a couple songs from Ben Jonson?s plays, Blake?s ?The Tyger,? something by Keats, Frost?s ?Spring Pools,? Yeats?s ?The Wild Swans at Coole,? Roethke?s ?My Papa?s Waltz,? something by Philip Larkin, something by Robert Hass, etc.)

Joseph Gibaldi, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

A course reader "


"In this course we will read closely and write about markedly different kinds of literature ? a novel, verse, a couple short stories, and one play in two different translations ? with the aim of coming to some conclusions about what makes great literature great. The reading list is thus made up some of the war-horses of this culture?s literature. We will start with the presumption that these works are great and worth studying.

I?ve chosen not to organize this class around a single theme or what-have-you because I want students to resist the urge to compartmentalize experience. It?s common for people to like different sorts of literature, but uncommon for students and teachers to think about what, for example, the experience of little poems and big novels have in common. In this class we will try to make such connections, not only between the works on the reading list, but also between the works on the reading list and contemporary popular art forms like country song lyrics, television sitcoms (and so on).

This course is designed to help students write clearly and honestly about the experience of reading. Students will write weekly 1 page papers as well as two research papers totaling 16 pages. "

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