Catalog Description

Continues the study of expository writing. Students read and analyze writing and discursive techniques of interpretation, argument, and research.

Note: ONLINE CLASS. ALL INSTRUCTION IS DELIVERED THROUGH THE WEB.

Welcome

In this class you will read poetry and fiction; you will then explore your understanding of this literature with your own writing. This is an English class, so you can expect that reading and writing will be the focus of your discussions and your goals. If you don’t enjoy reading and writing, be careful that you don’t unfairly prejudice yourself against the material. Be willing to try something new and learn from the experience.  After all, most professions demand articulate and literate professionals, and in your process of pursuing a college degree you should certainly aspire to become more articulate and literate.

Apply a positive attitude toward your participation in class discussions and assigned readings and you will better prepare yourself for success in the rest of this class. Be sure to be a good listener and an active thinker while attending this class and while completing homework.

If you feel intimidated by all this talk of reading, writing, and literature, take heart. Heed the words of a sympathetic philosopher:

“I get a lot more out of art, now that I am writing about it, than I ever did before. I think what is true of me must be true of everyone, that until one tries to write about it, the work of art remains a sort of aesthetic blur . . . I think in way everyone might benefit from becoming a critic in his or her own right. After seeing the work, write about it. You cannot be satisfied for very long in simply putting down what you felt. You have to go further.” – Arthur C. Danto

I would take Danto's words even further: life experiences, dreams, goals, passions, loves, and challenges can become clearer if you are able to write clearly about them.  Writing can wash away the murky waters of uncertain or confused thinking and reveal a bedrock of stronger ideas and observations.

With this in mind, I hope that each and every one of you will be a more confident writer and reader at the end of the semester, and that you will have a better understanding of how to apply these skills in your analysis of literature and the world around you.