May 18, 2022  

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ENG 232W - Readings in Modern Non-Fiction

Credits: 3
Studies selected modern (post-1945) and contemporary non-fiction works in order to understand the variety of forms and expression which are possible. Concentrates on themes and topics which are a recurring part of the human condition. Credit may be earned in ENG 232W or LIT 230W but not both.

Prerequisite(s): Any approved College Composition I course with a minimum grade of C
Corequisite(s): None
Lecture Hours: 45 Lab Hours: 0
Meets MTA Requirement: Humanities
Pass/NoCredit: Yes

Outcomes and Objectives
  1. Analyze literature in the subject area.
    1. Interpret the meanings of literary works using various theoretical approaches.
    2. Identify various literary genres.
    3. Demonstrate analytical understanding through writing.
    4. Recognize conventions in different kinds of modern non-fiction including journalism; travel writing; criticism; biography; memoir; and the personal essay.
  2. Participate in writing to learn activities.
    1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
    2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
    3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
    4. Compose original non-fiction.
    5. Write an analysis of modern non-fiction that develops a thesis and supports it with relevant sources.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and historical context for this body of literature.
    1. Determine how modern non-fiction contributes to American literature.
    2. Examine how modern non-fiction constructs a specific, narrating self on the page.
    3. Explore how modern non-fiction engages with questions of class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.

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