These course descriptions are for ENGL0900, 0930, 1030, 1050, 1160, 1180, & 1190 for Fall 2015.
ENGL0900 (formerly 0110) Critical Reading and Writing I: The Academic Essay
An introduction to university-level writing. Students produce and revise multiple drafts of essays, practice essential skills of paragraph organization, and develop techniques of critical analysis and research. Readings from a wide range of texts in literature, the media, and academic disciplines. Assignments move from personal response papers to formal academic essays. Fall sections 01, 02, 04, 06, 08, and 09 are reserved for first-year students. Spring section 04 is reserved for first-year students. Enrollment limited to 17. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.
“Re-visioning Writing” encourages a meditative and reflective approach to language. It will familiarize you with the processes of close and intertextual reading, with different modes of analytical thought, and with the practice of translating reading and thinking into writing. We will carefully examine essays that cover a range of issues from ideas about reading and writing to culture and identity; writing assignments, which stress revision, will explore the articulation of your perceptions and thoughts with the rigor and discipline necessary to university studies. This section is reserved for first-year students. Enrollment limited to 17 undergraduate students. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.
ENGL0900 S02 (section reserved for first-year students) CRN:15275
This is a class designed to stretch our powers of thinking, writing, reading and speaking academically. What makes a text, a conversation or a mindset “academic”? Among other things, a particular kind of attention to, focus on and consideration of language as well as topics and ideas. Through class discussion, reading, writing and especially revising, we’ll become better academic communicators—better at understanding what others say and write, and better at saying and writing what we mean. We'll read texts by Cornell West, Marjane Satrapi, Virginia Woolf, Azar Nafisi, Melissa Harris-Perry and Stephen Jay Gould, among others, and create a portfolio of essays with varying lengths, styles, and goals. Enrollment limited to 17 undergraduate students. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.
ENGL0900 S03 CRN:15276
This section covers the basics of academic thinking and writing for college. Using the essay as a tool, we shall explore the myriad ways this flexible form can help clarify our critical thinking in disciplines ranging from science and philosophy, to literature. Our primary focus will be on understanding rhetoric—the practice of effective communication—as it is expressed in graphic novels, films, and (yes!) academic writing. We will analyze the basics of argument and persuasion and learn how to write using sources. Students will practice informal writing on various platforms and complete three formal essays. Run as a workshop, this class requires students to read, critique, and assist in each other’s writing process.
ENGL0900 S04 (section reserved for first-year students) CRN:15277
This section is designed to help prepare students to write at the university level and for the job world beyond by providing instruction in developing persuasive arguments, organizing texts at the paragraph and sentence levels, controlling a range of prose styles, and conducting critical reading and research. Our classes will feature energetic and interactive discussions, workshops, frequent instructor conferences, and informal and formal written assignments with an emphasis on revision. Our texts will range from academic essays to fiction and popular films, and we will focus on examining and writing about the broad notion of inequality—in areas like class, gender, and race—both within the U.S. and internationally. Enrollment limited to 17 undergraduate students. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.
In its various forms, the essay allows scholars to put forward ideas and arguments, to shift ways of seeing and understanding, and to contribute to ongoing intellectual debate. This course offers an introduction to the style and purpose of writing and gives you the opportunity to work on three essay forms. You will read and discuss an eclectic range of personal and academic essays and participate in workshops, critical reviews, and symposia. You will develop an understanding of the techniques of scholarly work and acquire academic skills that will enable you to engage successfully with the challenges and opportunities of studying at Brown.
ENGL0900 S06 (section reserved for first-year students) CRN:15279
Worthwhile writing is the product of both good ideas—be they the result of scholarship, inspiration, or more likely a combination of the two—and good technique. In this section, we will develop our ability to think critically (by examining ideas), and we will work to write with clarity (by considering technique). Though we will study music writing, our conversations and essays will not be limited by the subject of our readings; rather, the essays we study will demonstrate useful approaches for any academic subject. Enrollment limited to 17 undergraduate students. S/NC.
ENGL0900 S08 (section reserved for first-year students) CRN:15281
ENGL0900 S09 (section reserved for first-year students) CRN:15282
ENGL0900 S11 CRN:15284
ENGL0900 S12 CRN:15285
ENGL0900 S13 CRN:15286
ENGL0900 S14 CRN:15287
ENGL 0930 (formerly 0180) INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE NONFICTION
Designed to familiarize students with the techniques and narrative structures of creative nonfiction. Reading and writing focus on literary journalism, personal essays, memoir, science writing, travel writing, and other related subgenres. May serve as preparation for ENGL 1180. Writing sample may be required. Fall section 01 is reserved for first-year students and section 03 is reserved for first-year and sophomores only. Spring sections 02 and 05 are reserved for first-year students. Spring section 07 is reserved for first-year and sophomores only. Enrollment limited. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.
ENGL0930 S01 (section reserved for first-year students) CRN:15292
Creative nonfiction fabricates stories from the facts of life. In this introductory seminar, we will read a range of creative nonfiction genres— literary journalism, memoir, travel, science—and will write in each of those genres. Writing will emphasize experimenting with forms to figure out what works best with what situations and to explore the latitude suggested by “creative.” S/NC.
ENGL0930 S02 CRN:15294
Creative Nonfiction is true writing with personality. In this section, we will read the masters of the genre, such as E.B. White, Frank McCourt and Nora Ephron, and learn to write many forms of Creative Nonfiction, including essay, memoir and immersion journalism. Assignments will include in-class writing, short profiles and articles, and longer essays and pieces of reportage. S/NC.
ENGL0930 S03 (section reserved for first-year and sophomore students) CRN:15295
ENGL0930 S04 CRN:15296
This workshop will explore the range of narrative possibilities available under the umbrella term "creative nonfiction." We'll be looking at questions of structure and technique in a number of subgenres including: the personal essay, literary journalism, travel writing, science writing and memoir. Student work will be discussed in both workshops and conferences. At the semester's end students will turn in a portfolio with several polished shorter pieces and one longer essay. May serve as preparation for ENGL1180. Enrollment limited to 17 undergraduate students. Writing sample may be required. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.
NONFICTION WRITING INTERMEDIATE
ENGL 1030 (formerly 0130) Critical Reading and Writing II: The Research Essay
For the confident writer. Offers students who have mastered the fundamentals of the critical essay an opportunity to acquire the skills to write a research essay, including formulation of a research problem, use of primary evidence, and techniques of documentation. Topics are drawn from literature, history, the social sciences, the arts, and the sciences. Writing sample may be required. Enrollment limited to 17 undergraduate students. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.
ENGL1030A Research Essay CRN:15403
ENGL1030B Research Essay: Investigative Nonfiction CRN:15530
ENGL 1050 INTERMEDIATE CREATIVE NONFICTION
For the more experienced writer. Offers students who show a facility with language and who have mastered the fundamentals of creative nonfiction an opportunity to write more sophisticated narrative essays. Sections focus on specific themes (e.g., medicine or sports; subgenres of the form) or on developing and refining specific techniques of creative nonfiction (such as narrative). Enrollment limited to 17. Writing sample required. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.
ENGL1050B True Stories CRN:15595
ENGL1050G, S01 (formerly 0160) Journalistic Writing CRN:15596
ENGL1050J Multimedia Nonfiction CRN:15396
ENGL1050K Flash Nonfiction CRN:15395
NONFICTION WRITING ADVANCED
ENGL 1160 SPECIAL TOPICS IN JOURNALISM
For advanced writers. Class lists will be reduced after writing samples are reviewed during the first week of classes. Preference will be given to English concentrators. Enrollment limited to 12 or 17, depending on section. S/NC.
ENGL1160G Literary Journalism: Writing About Politics and Culture CRN:15399
Students are introduced to procedures and techniques of cultural journalism through reading and discussing work of notable practitioners and writing their own reviews, profiles, and reportage. Enrollment limited to 12. Prerequisites: ENGL0900, ENGL0930, or any intermediate or advanced nonfiction course. Preference will be given to English concentrators. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.
ENGL 1180 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CREATIVE NONFICTION
ENGL1180C Writing with Food CRN:15598
ENGL1180K The Art of Literary Nonfiction CRN:15398
ENGL1180P Further Adventures in Creative Nonfiction CRN:15397
ENGL 1190 SPECIAL TOPICS IN NONFICTION WRITING
For the advanced writer. A writing sample will be administered on the first day of class. Class list will be reduced to 17 after writing samples are reviewed. Prerequisite: ENGL0930 or any 1000-level nonfiction writing course. Preference will be given to English concentrators. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.
ENGL1190M, S01 The Theory and Practice of Writing: Writing Fellows Program CRN:15400
For students accepted as Writing Fellows, this course offers the study of literary essays and composition theory to help develop their own writing with a critical awareness of the elements of an essay. Students will write essays throughout the semester and will confer with each other for every paper, thereby gaining experience in peer tutoring and becoming better writers through the help of an informed peer. They will also respond to the writing of a cohort of students in another designated Writing Fellows class. Enrollment is restricted to undergraduates who have been accepted into the Writing Fellows Program in the preceding July. Instructor's permission required. S/NC.
ENGL1190P Art of Memoir: Theory/Practice CRN:15402