ENGL 109
Narrating Change Spring 2023 (also offered Fall 2022)
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? In this class we will read novels (Virginia Woolf, Chinua Achebe, Nadine Gordimer), historical narrative (W.E.B. Dubois), critical-theoretical essays (Angela Davis),and philosophy of science (Thomas Kuhn), to examine the ways human beings fashion to work through, think about, and represent change.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3952
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Two contextualization essays (4-page), one precis (3-page), one proposal (1-page), and one essay (10-page)
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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