ENGL 381 A: Advanced Expository Writing

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
SMI 313
SLN: 
14166
Instructor:
Michelle Liu
Michelle Liu

Syllabus Description:

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Marco Polo and Mark Twain are just a couple examples of travel writers who, through their rendition of faraway locations in persuasive prose, radically altered how readers pictured the world. Through descriptions of people encountered and landscapes traversed, travel writers familiarize, exoticize, or destabilize the unknown in order to transform places into cultural significant landmarks in the imagination of their armchair readers. As a genre, travel writing is an excellent illustration of the immediate power of prose and lends itself well to the study of the effective use of words. In this class, we will analyze some signature pieces of this genre as a way to develop our own prose styles. Classwork will consist of discussion of various essays, composition, and peer critiques of student writing.

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Marco Polo and Mark Twain are just a couple examples of travel writers who, through their rendition of faraway locations in persuasive prose, radically altered how readers pictured the world. Through descriptions of people encountered and landscapes traversed, travel writers familiarize, exoticize, or destabilize the unknown in order to transform places into cultural significant landmarks in the imagination of their armchair readers. As a genre, travel writing is an excellent illustration of the immediate power of prose and lends itself well to the study of the effective use of words. In this class, we will analyze some signature pieces of this genre as a way to develop our own prose styles. Classwork will consist of discussion of various essays and peer critiques of student writing.

Please note that I do not get add codes until the first week of the quarter.

REQUIRED

Best American Travel Writing 2010
Bill Buford (Editor) , Jason Wilson (Editor)
Mariner Books
0547333358
9780547333359

OPTIONAL

The Writer’s Way
By Jack Rawlins
ISBN: 0618426809
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Title: The Travel Writer's Handbook: How to Write - and Sell - Your Own Travel Experiences
Author: Louise Purwin Zobel
Publication Date: November 2006
Publisher: Surrey Books
Country of Publication: United States
Market: United States
ISBN: 1-57284-084-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-57284-084-3
EAN: 9781572840843
Item Status: Active Record (Readily Available)
Binding Format: Perfect
Edition: 6, Revised, illustrated
Pages: 290
Price: $18.95(USD)

Catalog Description: 
Concentration on the development of prose style for experienced writers.
GE Requirements: 
English Composition (C)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
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Last updated: 
March 15, 2016 - 3:31pm