In this course—through reading, group discussion, and frequent writing—we will explore the art of the essay. Readings will include numerous brief examples of this form drawn from various eras and cultures. Writing assignments will mostly take the form of essays (including one research essay), although we will also write creative narratives and brief response papers to the readings. Additionally, we will read and discuss students’ work in class, and an important aspect of the course will be the giving and receiving of constructive criticism.
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