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Spring 2017-2018
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Reading Literature: The Essay

Jeff Nunokawa

This course will introduce students to the range of the essay form as it has developed from the early modern period to our own. The class will be organized, for the most part, chronologically, beginning with the likes of Bacon and ending with some lustrous contemporary examples of, and luminous reflections on, the form. We will consider how writers as various as Bacon, Hume, Johnson, Hazlitt, Emerson, Woolf, Baldwin, and Elizabeth Hardwick define and revise the shape and scope of those disparate aspirations in prose that have come to be called collectively The Essay.

Sample reading list:
Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder
Francis Bacon, Of Truth
Robert Warshow, The Gangster as Tragic Hero
Erving Goffman, On Cooling the Mark Out
David Hume, Of The Delicacy of Taste and Passion
Johnson Ramber, No. 4, 8
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 30 pps. of reading per week. Two papers (6-8 pages), no mid-term, no final exam.

Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Prospective concentrators are required to take ENG 200 and one course from the following: ENG 205, 206, 207, 208, 209.

Other information:
First-Year Students Welcome.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41028 L01 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm M W   McCosh Hall   46   Enrolled:53 Limit:60
41029 P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M   McCosh Hall   B11   Enrolled:9 Limit:11
41030 P02 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:16 Limit:15 Closed
41032 P04 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:11 Limit:11 Closed
43896 P07 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:10 Limit:11
44332 P08 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm W   McCosh Hall   B11   Enrolled:7 Limit:11