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CW 110 - Advanced Composition: Challenging Writing

Spring 2017

This writing workshop offers students an opportunity to write essays and other nonfiction prose works that speak both personally and politically to the issues and audiences they wish to address. The readings focus on the rhetorical strategies of writers who have used the essay as a cultural form to challenge the norms of the time and place in which they live.

Breadth Requirement: This course can be used toward satisfying the Seven-Course Breadth Requirement

Available in 
Fall and Spring
Fulfillment of both halves (Parts A and B) of the Reading & Composition Requirement or consent of instructor
Units and Format 
4 units – Four hours of lecture per week
Grading Option 
Letter grade or P/NP
Arts & Literature Breadth





Class Number: 13907
Meeting time @ place:
TUTH 12:30pm - 2:00pm @ 106 Dwinelle Hall
Section Theme: Vision and Voice
Instructor: Teri Crisp
Section Description:

You may think that an essay (the kind of writing you'll do in this class) means an interpretation of literature, since many students are asked to write about literature in school.  But in late Renaissance France, the father of the modern essay, Michel de Montaigne, knew the word 'essai' to mean simply 'an attempt,' and so he attempted to write essays that used the "questions of his time as premises for his reflections," and that "[constructed] his portrayal of the human condition from the events unfolding around him" (Paul Wimmer, Columbia College)This course allows you, too, to explore your ideas within your own particular social and environmental context . . . to cast an observant, questioning, and searching eye on your lives and times in several essay projects as part of a highly collaborative, discussion-based course.  Along the way you will read a diversity of writers who are also using the nonfiction essay to understand the realities of their worlds and minds.    

Book List:

To be announced.