This course is designed to allow students to engage in extensive writing exercises—both formal and creative—and participate in weekly discussions and critiques of published works and other forms of media, including contemporary Irish film. Our focus will be on reading stories with the eye of a writer, exploring the thematic concerns of the writer, the historical cultural context in which these works take shape, and how a work is constructed to further reveal and illuminate these concerns. We will also consider the elements of the story—including character, conflict, perspective, dialogue, setting, plot, language, and narrative structure—that come together to create a successful whole. Through numerous exercises students will practice not only how to write a precise, coherent, and rigorously engaging paper but also come to understand the alternative and strange ways in which authors of fiction approach their subject and craft. Along with classroom exercise, there will be presentations and ample demonstrations explaining close reading, academic writing, and analysis. In roundtable workshops students will have their own works considered and discussed by their peers and learn to develop a critical gaze regarding their own work and their rewriting process. Finally, students will meet with me individually after each essay submission to plan further drafts and revision strategies.
[Source: Timetable of Classes, 09/28/2022]
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