SylS09WR150 - Coming of Age in World Literature CAS WR 150...

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Coming of Age in World Literature CAS WR 150, ke, m1, n7 Spring 2009 “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” -- George Bernard Shaw Janet Landman Writing Center, 730 Comm. Ave, Room 301H Office phone: 617-358-1507 (no voicemail) e-mail: [email protected] Course Materials Required Texts 1) Cheating at Canasta  by William Trevor 2) The Concise Wadsworth Handbook  (WH), 2 nd  ed.  (Bring the handbook to class every day.)  3) Coursepack  (CP) required readings (short stories, poems, essays, book chapters)  available online at our Blackboard  website; go to Course Documents and scroll down to  the pink Coursepack titles.  These are not “supplemental” readings. Think of them as  another book or two.  Print out the assigned Coursepack readings, read them carefully,  and be sure to bring them to class on the day they are to be discussed.   Course Overview Curiosity is a quality to be much cultivated.  As curious thinkers and learners, we belong to a  vast community of similarly minded people. In this course we work on basic methods of library  research that will help you follow up your curiosities.  You will be entering into a community of  ideas; becoming an informed reader of theories, research, and debates in that community; and  improving your proficiency in well-reasoned argumentation, rigorous use of evidence, proper  citation, and research-based synthesis of others’ ideas .   We pursue these goals while focusing on questions about the coming-of-age process—that is,  the transition from childhood or adolescence to early adulthood. For insight in this age of  globalization, we do close readings of literary portrayals of the coming-of-age process from  short stories from different cultures—including those of India, Bosnia, Nigeria, Panama, Ireland,  Canada, and Mexico, as well as the United States. Our main conceptual framework comes from  psychologist Erik Erikson’s theory, which specifies identity and intimacy as the formative tasks  most crucial for college-age individuals.
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Landman WR150 2 Course Components Portfolio This class makes use of a portfolio approach.  This approach emphasizes the self-assessment,  self-reflection, and revision that are vital to the writing process. It also recognizes that in most  situations, both in academic and “real-world” environments, we want to have our drafts  reviewed by peers before someone key to our ambitions evaluates the  finished  product. I (along  with your classmates) will help you reflect on and revise the writing you do in preparation for 
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