English | Advanced Expository Writing
W350 | 16581 | John Schilb

John Schilb

PREREQUISITE:  Completion of the English Composition requirement.

11:15a-12:30p TR (25 students) 3 cr. IW.

TOPIC:  “Writing About Emotions”

This section of W350 will focus on the potential roles of emotion in
writing.  Our guiding premise will be that emotion isn’t necessarily
opposed to logic—that the two can, in fact, work together as tools
of persuasion.  Indeed, we will explore how emotion can be a form of
rationality.  Specifically, we will examine how published writers
have made use of pathos (classical rhetoric’s term for emotional
appeals).  Moreover, we will experiment with displays of feeling in
our own writing, considering how such expressiveness can help us
convince audiences of our points.  We will also look at some recent
scholarship on the cultural contexts and social uses of emotions.
This reading will be interdisciplinary, including works of
literature, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.  Three will be
three major papers (each approximately 4 pages long), and you will
have various options for your topics.  In addition, there will be
several small, informal writing assignments, designed to help us
understand how emotion can function in our own prose as well as in
other realms.