English R1B

Reading and Composition: Collectives

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
15 Spring 2020 Bernes, Jasper
TTh 8-9:30 233 Dwinelle

Book List

Ferris, Joshua: Then We Came to the End; McKay, Claude: Banjo

Other Readings and Media

There will also be a course reader.


Literary writing often presents us with profound forms of individual, subjective life—the "I" of the lyric poet, the well-developed character of the realist novel. What opportunities are there, however, for the writer who wants instead to focus on the life of a group, a neighborhood, a workplace, an organization, or a collective? In pursuing answers to this question by way of an examination of American literature, we will pay special attention to the relationship between literary form and the forms into which humans organize themselves.

This is a writing-intensive course with a research component. Students will write two shorter essays and a longer research paper. A portion of our class time each week will be devoted to research skills: students will learn how to locate secondary materials, evaluate them, and, finally, incorporate them into their essays, following proper rules of citation and attribution.

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