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Cornell University    
  Feb 17, 2018
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ENGL 2880 - Expository Writing


Fall. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: completion of First-Year Writing Seminar requirement or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to: 17 students. This course satisfies requirements for the English minor but not for the English major. Taken with the instructor’s permission, it satisfies First-Year Writing Seminar requirements for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. If counted toward the First-Year Writing Seminar requirement, the course will not count toward LA-AS. ENGL 2880 is not a prerequisite for ENGL 2890 . For descriptions of each topic, please visit the course website:

S. Davis, staff.

This course offers guidance and an audience for students who wish to gain skill in expository writing—a common term for critical, reflective, investigative, and creative nonfiction. Each section provides a context for writing defined by a form of exposition, a disciplinary area, a practice, or a topic intimately related to the written medium. Course members will read in relevant published material and write and revise their own work regularly, while reviewing and responding to one another’s. Students and instructors will confer individually throughout the term. Topics differ for each section.

Topics for 2017-2018 may include:

Fall The Reality Effect: Documentary Film B. Lu
Fall Modern Metamorphoses S. Schlemm
Fall Creative Nonfiction: Do Our Stories Matter? A. Masum-Javed
Fall Cool Britannia: Exporting Britishness J. Glaubman
Fall What If? Alternative Histories and Speculative Fictions J. Lee
Fall Creative Nonfiction: A Close Look at Craft K. Saracini


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