English | Advanced Expository Writing
W350 | 7667 | JoEllen Delucia
W350 7667 ADVANCED EXPOSITORY WRITING
12:30p-1:20p D (25 students) 3 cr.
PREREQUISITE: SATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF THE ENGLISH COMPOSITION
COLLEGE INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION.
TOPIC: “Theorizing the Ghost”
This course does not intend to debate the reality of ghosts. It
aims, instead, to improve writing skills through a rigorous
examination of how different disciplines, such as psychology,
history, sociology, folklore, philosophy, and literature, explain
our persistent interest in manifestations of the supernatural. The
first part of the class invites students to work through various
theories of spectrality, particularly theories that study ghosts to
achieve a deeper understanding of personal identity, collective
consciousness, as well as time. The second half encourages students
to apply these theories to accounts of hauntings assembled from
movies, literature, folklore, and history.
Students will be asked to write three papers. One paper will
include a research component. Daily reading and short writing
assignments will also be required.