English 201.007: Intermediate Composition
Writing UW-Madison: Rhetoric, Politics, and Public Memory
9:30 AM-10:45 PM TR
Helen C. White 6110
Instructor: Chris Earle
Office: HCW 7175
Office hours: R 11 AM-12:30 PM, F 1-:230 PM
Course Description and Objectives
English 201 is a 3-credit, intermediate-level writing course that satisfies the university's
Communications B requirement for enhancing literacy skills, specifically writing. To do
so, E201 will ask students to examine the rhetorical dimension of genre, to theorize and
conduct both primary and secondary research, and to compose for both academic and
This section of English 201 explores the rhetoric of public memory at UW-Madison.
Specifically, we will examine the contentious memories surrounding local conflicts for
how they connect us to the past, situate us as citizens, and compel us forward.
than focusing on rhetorical history (i.e., how groups and individuals sought to participate
in various arenas), we will consider memory's presence in our public imagination,
examining the rhetorical processes through which individuals, groups, and events have
been remembered or forgotten.
We will inquire into how memories are sanctioned,
acquire meaning and compel others to accept them and how they are challenged and
supplanted by contending memories.
We will perform rhetorical analysis (i.e., consider
the social contexts within which memories were formed for specific audiences with
specific purposes), archival and empirical research, and consider the role composition
technologies (i.e., new media) play in memory production in order to arrive at a larger
understanding of this issue. Over the course of the semester, we will pay close attention
to the rhetorical nature of genres relevant to public memory at UW-Madison.
attention will help us recognize the social dimensions and public consequences of
literacy, rhetoric, and writing.
This course aims to help you develop:
critical thinking, careful reading, and effective communication skills
an increased awareness of your writing ability, process, style, and strengths
an understanding of how writing and speaking vary according to contextual
factors such as situation, audience, a speaker or writer’s purpose, and genre
strategies for adapting your communication skills to respond to such contextual