ENGL 114
Literary Speakers Fall 2019
Division I Writing Skills

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The general purpose of this course is to develop students’ skills as interpreters of poetry and short fiction. Its particular focus is on how–and with what effects–poets create the voices of their poems, and fiction writers create their narrators. We’ll consider the ways in which literary speakers inform and entice, persuade and sometimes deceive, their audiences. Readings will include texts from various historical periods, with particular emphasis on the twentieth century (including works by James Joyce, Henry James, Vladimir Nabokov, Robert Frost, Toni Cade Bambara, Raymond Carver, and Seamus Heaney).
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1693
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 5-6 papers, of varying length, spaced throughout the term (about 20 pages total); detailed feedback will be provided on each paper, along with opportunities for revision
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students and then sophomores who have not yet taken a 100-level course in English
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
WS Notes: There will be 5-6 papers assigned, spaced evenly throughout the term, ranging in length from 1-2 pages to 5-6 pages. Detailed feedback will be provided on each paper. There will be opportunities for revisions, and for conferences before and after each paper. At least two classes during the term will be specifically devoted to issues related to paper writing.

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