ENGL 209
Theories of Language and Literature Spring 2020
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed ENGL 209 / COMP 265

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This course is made up of questions: What is literature and why would anyone want to study it? What can you figure out by examining language that you can’t figure out by studying history or psychology? Do students of literature have distinctive ways of asking questions about the world? Why do we call some language literary? Can any language be literary if it appears in the right kind of book? Is there a difference between verbal forms of art and visual or auditory ones? Can novels do things that plays and poetry cannot? Why does anyone read poetry anyway?
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3725
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Informal writing every week; three 6-page papers; class attendance and participation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first- and second-year students, and English majors who have yet to take a Gateway course
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 209 Division I COMP 265 Division I
WS Notes: Informal writing before every class (about 500 words); three 6-page essays, plus a lead-in assignment on which the professor comments; two special writing sessions; fifteen pages of writing advice. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
Attributes: ENGL Criticism Courses
ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses

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