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Cornell University    
  Dec 15, 2017
Courses of Study 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENGL 1270 - FWS: Writing About Literature

Fall, spring, summer. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

Enrollment limited to: 18 students per section. First-Year Writing Seminar. Recommended for prospective majors in English. Designed for prospective English majors but is not counted as one of the 12 courses required for the English major.


Reading lists vary from section to section, but close, attentive, and imaginative reading and writing are central to all. Some sections may deal with fiction, poetry, or drama, or include a mix of literary kinds. By engaging in discussions and working with varied writing assignments, students will explore major modes and genres of English poetry and prose, and may learn about versification techniques, rhetorical strategies, performance as interpretation, and thematic and topical concerns. In the process students will expand the possibilities of their own writing. Sections that invite students to study and write critically about plays or films in a variety of dramatic idioms and cultural traditions may require attendance at screenings or at live productions by the theatre department. All sections are taught by Department of English faculty. Consult the John. S. Knight Writing Seminar Program brochure for current year offerings, instructions and section descriptions:

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