History | Writing and Power in Early America
J300 | 2853 | Dierks

J300:  Also open to non majors
Above section COAS intensive writing section also requires
registration in 	COAS W333
Above section open to undergraduates only

This course focuses on the cultural and social history of writing in
early America between the late fifteenth and early nineteenth
centuries.  Taking a comparative and multicultural approach, the
course considers how acts of writing -- handwritten and printed --
affected the lives of people in different social groups:  Native
Americans, European and English immigrants, and African Americans;
children, women, and men; affluent, middling, and impoverished
folk.  Central to reading and writing assignments for the course
will be examining how letter writing and printing presses were as
crucial instruments of power in the early modern era as email
communication and satellite technology are in the present day.
Since this course is a writing-intensive seminar, evaluation will be
based on two shorter papers (40%), one longer research paper (40%),
and participation in discussion (20%).