English R1A

Reading and Composition: Note new topic: Travel and Translation

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Spring 2016 Wyatt, Gabriella
MWF 1-2 222 Wheeler

Book List

Baum, L. Frank: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; More, Thomas: Utopia; Morrison, Toni: Beloved; Sebald, W. G.: The Emigrants; Shakespeare, William: The Tempest

Other Readings and Media

Films:  The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 version); I Know Where I'm Going!


Note new instructor, course description, and book list:
"If we walk far enough," Dorothy says in L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, "we shall sometime come to someplace." This course will take as its point of departure the travel narrative in a range of texts, and will consider a series of questions raised by embarkation and adventure: what prompts the traveler's desire to be elsewhere, and how does the traveler change—and become changed by—his or her destination? In other words, how is "translation" a spatial and temporal process, as well as one of personal transformation? We will consider these questions in relation to our own positions as active readers, since this too is a process of interpreting, translation, adapting to, and being transformed by what we encounter. Accordingly, our exploration of travel and translation will serve as the frame for our main focus, college-level writing. We will practice developing compelling questions, honing them into provocative theses, and producing well-crafted and polished pieces of writing. We will devote a significant portion of class time to writing mechanics, argumentation and organization, and peer revisions.  

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