ENGL 121
Precocity Spring 2010
Division I Writing Skills
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Precocity–knowing too much too early and without understanding the implications of what you know–is often the subject of literary texts, perhaps because it dramatizes the stakes of interpreting. Precocity can emerge in a character, as a narrative posture or in the very texture of the writing. It can produce highly charged dramatic situations, comic or ruinous; it can precipitate crises of character and of narrative; and it can transform the terms within which an historical moment is conceived. Readings will include works by Borges, Nabokov, James, and Stoppard; approximately half of the course will be devoted to reading a range of poems from the seventeenth century to the present.
The Class: Format: discussion/seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3590
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: students will write five short papers totaling 20 pages
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills

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