Jeffrey Mark Janosik
Study and practice of good writing; topics derived from reading and discussing stories, poems, essays, and plays. Cannot be taken if student has already received a grade of 2.0 or higher in either ENGL 111, ENGL 121, or ENGL 131.
While this composition course is designed to facilitate your development of critical academic writing skills that will help you become a successful writer in any discipline, this English 111 class will focus on reading and writing critically about â€śliteraryâ€? texts. Specifically, I have chosen â€śClass Conflict and the Victorian Novelâ€? as the theme for this particular class. Using Charles Dickensâ€™ Oliver Twist and Karl Marx and Friedrich Engelsâ€™ The Communist Manifesto as primary texts (as well as various works of twentieth and twenty-first century literary and social criticism) we will investigate issues surrounding class and class conflict in the mid nineteenth century, and the ways in which novels and novelists engaged with those categories. In turn, you will learn to make academic arguments about the social relevanceâ€”both in the nineteenth century and todayâ€”of the novel as a form and genre.
Student learning goals
To demonstrate an awareness of the strategies that writers use in different writing contexts.
To read, analyze, and synthesize complex texts and incorporate multiple kinds of evidence purposefully in order to generate and support writing.
To produce complex, analytic, persuasive arguments that matter in academic contexts.
To develop flexible strategies for revising, editing, and proofreading writing.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading