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Spring 2017-2018
ENG 582   P/D/F Only

Graduate Writing Seminar

Anne Cheng


This seminar concentrates on the craft of writing, with the goal of completing a polished piece of writing, be it article, chapter, or talk. This seminar turns to writing itself as a critical project, with the assumption that good writing is the sign and the cause for clear thinking. We also work on honing individual voices. Each week we read and workshop 2-3 new paragraphs, and we study scholars who have notably distinctive styles.

Sample reading list:
Eric Hayot, The Elements of Academic Writing Style
Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots, Leaves
Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida
Darian Leader, Stealing the Mona Lisa
Anna Tsing, Mushroom at the End of the World
Franco Moretti, Signs Taken for Wonder

Other (See Instructor) - 100%

Other Requirements:
ENG Graduate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students who have completed their General Exam receive enrollment priority..

Other information:
Students should come to class having chosen a chapter, paper, or talk to work on throughout the term. Reading and constructively critiquing each other's work is an essential part of the course, so regular attendance and active participation are required. The payoff is an intense intellectual community of readers that may even last you well beyond the term.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42398 S01 09:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T   McCosh Hall   B14   Enrolled:7 Limit:8