English R1B

Reading and Composition: Social Reform in Literature

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
17 Spring 2007 Kelvin C. Black
TTh 2-3:30 PM 106 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

"Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull House

Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward

Benjamin Disraeli, Sybil

Richard Wright, Native Son

Supplementary Texts:

Frederick Crews, The Random House Handbook, 6th ed.

Joseph Gibaldi, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th ed.

William Strunk Jr., E.B. White, Roger Angell, The Elements of Style"


"What is social reform? What are the thought processes involved in defining a social problem? And how does this definition affect the manner and methods used to solve it? This course seeks to better understand the impulse to want to solve a problem perceived in society. Before they can be solved, problems are things that first must be imagined as solvable. The literature of social reform affords us the distinct opportunity to observe such imaginings.

This course is reading and writing intensive, and aims to develop in students fluency with the method and discourse of the analytical essay. Special emphasis shall be placed on the refinement of sentence construction, thesis development, and research methods. Additionally, systematic reasoning through close reading will be stressed both in class discussion and in the course?s various writing opportunities. This course fulfills the second half of the University Reading and Composition requirement. "

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