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Unformatted text preview: 1C Sullivan (Spring 03) Syllabus Page 1 English 1C Applied Intermediate Composition: The Search for American Utopias Jim Sullivan Office: HMNSS 3307 Section 50 MWF 2:10-3:00 OLMH 1132 Hours: MF 11:30-1:30 / Wednesday 12:15-1:45 Section 56 MWF 3:10-4:00 HMNSS1405 (and by appointment) Email: email@example.com Phone: (909) 964-2776 Course Description / Objectives The starting point of these reflections was usually a feeling of impatience at the sight of the naturalness with which newspapers, art and common sense constantly dress up a reality which, even though it is the one we live in, is undoubtedly determined by history. In short, in the account given of our contemporary circumstances, I resented seeing Nature and History confused at every turn, and I wanted to track down, in the decorative display of what-goes-without-saying , the ideological abuse which, in my view, is hidden there. -- Roland Barthes, Preface to Mythologies This course seeks to empower you as a reader of cultural texts ranging from advertisements and music videos to film and literature. In our conversations, both written and verbal, we will return again and again to the question of how representations of the quest for an American Utopia engage with questions of race, class, gender, sexuality, identity (personal, ethnic, and national), power, and desire (sexual, material, political, etc.) As we employ the language of semiotics (the study of signs), we will practice closely reading or interpreting signs (images, actions, language, objects) in their specific cultural contexts. We will engage in these interpretive acts recognizing that both the texts we interpret and our own interpretations reflect specific cultural and political interests, values, and perspectives. Because of this complicated intersection of text and reader, we will come to recognize the instability of meaning and the creative power of and cultural resonance of interpretation itself. Supplemented by class discussion and critique groups, assignments (in and out of class) will require writers to develop and demonstrate the following skills: q the ability analyze and interpret the imagery and language of various media (print, internet, television, film, and literature) in its cultural and social context q the ability to compose coherent, unified, and engaging essays that argue for a specific interpretation of a text. q the ability to present compelling evidence to support an essay, q the ability to construct varied, lively, and grammatically correct sentences, q the ability to employ dynamic, concise, and appropriate language q and the ability to research a topic and correctly integrate that research into an analytical argument Required Texts and Materials q Baum, L. Frank....
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