English R1A

Reading and Composition: Boundaries and Borders

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
15 Fall 2013 Seeger, Andrea Yolande
TTh 5-6:30 222 Wheeler

Book List

Faulkner, William: Light in August: The Corrected Text; Fitzgerald, F. Scott: Great Gatsby; Johnson, James Weldon: The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man; Twain, Mark: Pudd’nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins


What is “race”? This class explores the concept of race, racial identity, and the fictions of racial difference as authored by history and science, power and dominance, culture and social standing. We will focus on exploring the permeable boundaries and negligible borders of “race” through writers who utilize stereotypes of race to perforate the perception of racial solidity and challenge racial construction as the definitive word on social standing.

This course seeks to elucidate and define the basic structural tenants of academic writing (thesis construction, processes of analysis and argumentation, use of evidence and writing mechanics). Students will be responsible for 32 pages of written work, consisting of short essay drafts and revisions. There will be a premium on peer editing and student workshopping. Coursework will culminate in an 8 page essay on a course-related topic of the student’s choosing.

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