Reading and Writing the Modern Essay

Close reading of great nonfiction prepares students to develop mastery of the craft of powerful writing in the humanities and in all fields of human endeavor, within the university and beyond. Study of some of the finest essayists in the English language, including James Baldwin, Joan Didion, Leslie Jamison, Jhumpa Lahiri, George Orwell, David Foster Wallace, and Virginia Woolf. Assignments challenge students to craft persuasive arguments from personal experience, to portray people and places, and to interpret fundamental aspects of modern culture.

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SYLLABUS

Students who wish to enroll in this seminar should participate in online preregistration, between December 12, 2016 and January 12, 2017.

Undergraduate Course #: 
120
Section #: 
1
TTh 1:00pm-2:15pm
WR
Spring
2017