College of Humanities and Social Sciences

English 305

In this six-credit course, we introduce students to some of the major questions that structure the discipline of English. In what ways, for example, is English a discipline at all? What rules, if any, apply to the different textual genres or, in the words of one of our poets, "Why is poetry poetry"? What are some of the connections between reading and writing? What can we learn about the teller in the tale, and how are perspective and voice important in film and the new media? What is "literary" language and what is "English"? What constitutes persuasive interpretation?

All of these questions and many others underlie both the regular classroom meetings and the weekly English 305 recitations. These recitations, scheduled during the academic year, are designed to give students a broader look at the dynamics of the major, an introduction to the concentrations and to faculty members from the English department, and an opportunity, in the recitation question and answer period, to interact with students from all sections of the course. In the final recitation session all the students taking English 305 will have time to present their ideas about a major text.

Required of all students taking English 305, these recitations partly account for the 6-credit ranking of the course, as does the writing intensive focus. While not an "easy" course, English 305 will enhance your skills of close reading and interpretation, develop and expand your writing abilities, encourage resourceful use of reference tools, and foster lively exchanges of ideas.

English 305 also fulfills the university synthesis requirement.

English 305 recitation materials contain readings, images, powerpoint displays, etc.

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