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Meredith A. Bauer
ENGL 111
Seattle Campus

Composition: Literature

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.

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Writing with African Literature:

This course uses texts written by well-known African writers as a springboard for learning how to write well. We will read one novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, and some contextual work by the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We will also read at least one essay by her predecessor, Chinua Achebe. In the context of these works, we will discuss what it means for African writers to write in English; how these writers work within and beyond Western assumptions about Africa and Africans; and how such works connect to the history of colonialism, anti-colonial movements, and postcoloniality. These topics will serve as the writing situation for student papers. Through investigating the historical context of this literature and the reasons for its contemporary relevance, you will learn how to develop a credible, informed voice as a writer, and how to use texts to write convincing arguments that matter in the university classroom and in real life. You will also read selections from our writing textbook towards these goals.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Meredith A. Bauer
Date: 03/23/2014