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Readings in Modern Non-Fiction

ENG 232W

Readings in Modern Non-Fiction

ENG 232W

Course Description

Prerequisite: Any approved College Composition I course with a minimum grade of "C".Studies selected modern (post-1945) and contemporary non-fiction works in order to understand the variety of forms and expression which are possible. Concentrates on themes and topics which are a recurring part of the human condition. Credit may be earned in ENG 232W or LIT 230W but not both. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Analyze literature in the subject area.

Objectives:

  • Interpret the meanings of literary works using various theoretical approaches.
  • Identify various literary genres.
  • Demonstrate analytical understanding through writing.
  • Recognize conventions in different kinds of modern non-fiction including journalism; travel writing; criticism; biography; memoir; and the personal essay.

Participate in writing to learn activities.

Objectives:

  • Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  • Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  • Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
  • Compose original non-fiction.
  • Write an analysis of modern non-fiction that develops a thesis and supports it with relevant sources.

Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and historical context for this body of literature.

Objectives:

  • Determine how modern non-fiction contributes to American literature.
  • Examine how modern non-fiction constructs a specific, narrating self on the page.
  • Explore how modern non-fiction engages with questions of class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.