ENGL 109
Narrating Change Spring 2024
Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity

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How do we narrate change? Change is radical (from radix, “root,” thus pertaining to what is essential) when it alters how we experience, think, and act. If we change radically, and the structure of our experience is altered, how are we then to connect what comes before to what comes after? On the other hand, if change does not cause such a transformation in the self, then how is it experienced? The works we will consider in this class will help us examine the ways human beings work through, think about, and represent change.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3759
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Four writing assignments, participation in classroom discussions and roundtables, and at least two individual conferences.
Prerequisites: no prerequisites
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students who do not have a 5 on the AP and/or have not previously taken a 100-level English class
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
WS Notes: Students will write more than 20 pages. They will receive extensive feedback on their writing from me and will revise and expand one essay. Texts read in class will also be examined as models for how to organize thought through writing.
DPE Notes: Almost all readings for this class require sustained engagement with questions of power, identity, and socioeconomic inequality.

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