English R1B

Reading and Composition: Sources

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
12 Fall 2020 Bernes, Jasper
MWF 2-3 233 Dwinelle


While we all may be famiiar with the idea that we can learn about literature from doing research, in this course we will also see what we can learn about doing research from reading literature. How does a poet work with a medical report, a novelist with a court transcript, and what can we say about the kinds of choices they make in doing so?

In seeking answers, students in this writing-intensive course will do their own research, locating their own sources and generating their own documents. Classroom discussion and lectures will focus at least half of the time on the ins and outs of the thesis-driven argumentative essay. Students will write two short essays, followed by a longer research paper.

Texts: Gerard Graff and Cathy Birkstein: They Say, I Say; Robin Coste Lewis: Voyage of the Sable Venus; Valeria Luiselli: Lost Children Archive; Muriel Rukeyser: The Book of the Dead

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