ENGL 152 Fall 2014 Other People's Lives: Contemporary American Memoir (W)

The goal of this course is to teach you how to write a clear, well-argued, intelligible and interesting analytical paper. We will spend most of our class time actively engaged in a variety of techniques to improve your critical reasoning and analytical skills, both written and oral. Though the skills you learn will be applicable to other disciplines, and a central purpose of the course is to improve all aspects of your writing, this is a literature class, designed partly to prepare you for upper level courses in the English Department, so we will, therefore, spend equal time on the interpretation of literature, in this case, contemporary American memoir, examining the ways in which recent American memoirists represent themselves through prose and the choices they make in shaping their life stories. Given the techniques shared by novelists and memoirists, how firm is the line between fiction and non-fiction? What are the sources of a memoirist's authority? What are the ethics of memoir-writing? What kind of relationships do memoirists seek with their readers, and how do they go about achieving them?
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: several short essays, with drafts and revisions, in-class presentations, written comments on published and student work, active participation in discussions
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level English course, and preference given to first-year students with evidenced need for writing instruction
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 1417
ENGL 152 - 01 (F) SEM Other People's Lives (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Karen L. Shepard
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Stetson 501 1417
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