English R1B

Reading & Composition: Yes: Fragmentary Literature

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
9 Fall 2012 Acu, Adrian Mark
TTh 3:30-5 51 Evans

Book List

Doolittle, Hilda: Trilogy; Jones, David: In Parenthesis; Riley, John: Selected Poems; Vonnegut, Kurt: Slaughterhouse Five; Woolf, Virginia: To the Lighthouse


The work of the critic is often thought of as constructing a “yes” out of a “no”: of making meaning out of textual problems.  In order to better align the critic with the writer, this class will work with 20th century texts that do the same.  How can the work of interpretation be done in the wake of the multiple instantiations of its failure—such as the World Wars—while convincingly avoiding nihilism?

Like these authors, we will work towards integrating your own original thinking with the critical discourse around your interests through a series of writing exercises and peer-review.

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