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When we read and when we write we are engaging in an inherently social process; the author and his or her audience and the texts that link them are connected by many of the same fundamental processes of interaction that mark our engagement with the people we know in our everyday lives.
The link between writing and reading, both in the real world and in literature, is fraught with difficulty, as it is contingent upon a second party who may or may not be available, who may or may not be receptive, to our efforts, to our reaching out for connection.
This course will seek to understand emotional unavailability both on the level of its depiction in literature as well as its deployment as a literary device. It will also explore how the very act of writing mediates our attempts to seek out, understand, and fill the void between us and these desired persons..
This class will introduce students to approaching textual material critically, and will stress the idea of writing as a process through a variety of assignments and revisions geared to guide the development and clear expression of coherent argumentation.
French R1A satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition Requirement. Classes are conducted in ENGLISH