What are we actually doing when we read, write and talk about texts, both literary ones and other kinds? What are authors’ purposes when they put words on a page…and then choose to publish them? What are the texts themselves doing, as objects and as agents in our world? These questions,
central to the craft of writing well, will provide the focus for a course (Comp Lit 240) that is designed to provide you with intensive practice in academic writing and analytical thinking skills. We will be using the methodology of the humanities to address topics that come from the natural sciences: who we are in a world of nature, how we look through scientific lenses.
Course Texts: Pierre Bayard, How to Talk about Books You Haven’t Read; John McPhee, Encounters with the Arch-Druid; Rebecca Skloot (ed.), The Best American Science and Nature Writing: 2015; Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams.