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English 3398

Writing for English Majors


Credit hours: 3
GEC categories: 1.A.3
Prerequisites: English 1110 or equivalent

Text Books:

Title Author(s) Publisher ISBN
Close Range: Wyoming Stories Annie Proulx Scribner 0684852225
Clybourne Park Bruce Norris Dramatist's Play Service 978-0822226970
A Pocketful of Poems: Vintage Verse, Vol. 1 Madden, ed. Wadsworth 1413015581
A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry Vintage 0679755330

Example Syllabus:

Course Objectives: English 3398 serves as the third writing class for students majoring in English and ideally as an introduction to the major. The course is divided into three sections--fiction, poetry, and drama--and focuses on the major skills and tools essential for success in college literature courses. These tools include close reading, familiarity with literary forms and critical methods, the ability to summarize and respond to other scholars' research, and the construction of clear and persuasive arguments about literature.

Course Content: For this particular section of 3398 (Fall 2014), I have chosen texts that engage with the topic of place and identity. We will read one short story collection, two plays, and various poems that span many time periods and locations. We will consider such questions as: How does our location help determine who we are? How do we define ourselves (and our gender, race, religion, age, and personality) in relation to where and when we live? Is literature always a product of the author's environment, or is there such a thing as a timeless work? Our major task, however, will be to become more skilled writers of academic essays about literature.

Method of Presentation: discussion, mini-lectures, peer review and student involvement

Method of Evaluation: A series of short essays and possible oral presentations (no exams).


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