11:15a-12:30p TR (25) 3 cr.
COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION. OPEN TO MAJORS ONLY. DECLARED MINORS
OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FROM BH402.
To interpret is fundamentally a process of reading a work actively, be
it a poem, a short story, a play, a novel, or a film. The primary
purpose of this course, then, is to make explicit what is involved in
an activity we all have engaged in, probably more often than we
realize, with a view to developing our capacity for writing as a way
of reading, a form of interpretation.
As a community of readers and writers, we will consider not only what
interpretive invitations are extended through the conventions of form
in the works we read, but also what ways of reading we habitually
resort to, where such habits come from, and what particular ways of
reading allow us to see or do (and what they prevent us from seeing or
doing). We will also explore what other ways of reading and writing
are available to us, what they might allow us to see or do (or prevent
us from seeing or doing). Finally, we will consider what's at stake
in certain kinds of interpretative practices, for us as individuals,
as members of varying communities, as citizens.
Texts may include Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber,
Shakespeare's The Tempest, Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger
and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven and its film adaptation, Smoke
Signals, and John Sales' film, Lone Star. A selection of
poems and secondary readings will be provided in a course reader.
These selections, which cover a range of textual media, provide a
basis for considering how different media orient and predispose us as
audiences, how we can critically interact with them, and what room
there might be for us to exercise our creative, inventive
intelligence. In addition to active participation in class
discussions, students will be responsible for in-class free-writes,
brief written responses to readings, an oral presentation, two essays
and a final inquiry project.