English R1A

Reading and Composition: Re-Visioning the "Sixties"

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Fall 2020 Koerner, Michelle
MWF 11-12


This Reading and Composition course will focus on selected speeches, fiction, music, and visual art produced during the 1960s. In addition to providing a set of broad critical, aesthetic and historical issues to engage over the course of the semester, selected readings and films place considerable emphasis on the student movements of the decade, including the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Students for a Democratic Society, the Third World Liberation Front, and the Free Speech and Anti-War Movements.

Over the course of the semester, students will strengthen their capacities to make historically informed arguments, formulate compelling questions to guide their own research, and explore creative approaches to academic writing. Writing assignments emphasize critical engagement with historical documents and literary texts. In addition to several in-class writing exercises, students should expect to write two formal essays focused on rhetorical and literary analysis (3-5 pages), post frequently to the discussion board, and complete a final research project.

Texts: Bloom, Arthur, ed.: Takin' It to the Streets; Pynchon, Thomas: The Crying of Lot 49

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