Elizabeth Williamsen

2:30p-3:45p TR (25 students) 3 cr., A&H, IW.

This course will give you practice in both reading and discussing fiction and writing about fiction. We will consider formal elements and terms of fiction – including plot, point of view, characterization, symbols, setting, theme, and tone – in addition to more ideological concerns. We will also be giving our attention to the expectations generally made of writers in English courses: argument, organization, use of evidence, format, tone, and style. Because this course fulfilLs the College Intensive Writing requirements, we’ll also focus on the process of writing, such as brainstorming, drafting, providing and receiving feedback, and revising. We will be doing a lot of writing in this course, and you will have ample opportunity to share work with and offer feedback to your classmates.

Students will write three formal papers of medium length and frequent short interpretive responses. Students will also be responsible for a final exam. The texts for the class include a number of American short stories, as well as the novels The Monk, A Passage to India, Sula, and Geek Love.