Jeffrey Renye_syllabus_English 1002_Spring_2008_Section 39

Jeffrey Renye_syllabus_English 1002_Spring_2008_Section 39...

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English 1002 (formerly English 50): College Composition Seers, Phantasms, and Writers: How We Write About What We See Section 039 Spring 2008 M/W 2:40-4 Anderson Hall 106 Instructor: Jeff Renye Email: [email protected] Office Location: 1143 Anderson Hall Office Hours: M 11-1 and by appointment Phantasm, n.: A. n. 1. a. As a mass noun: illusion, deceptive appearance. a 1250 (? a 1200) Ancrene Riwle (Nero) 62 e worldes dweole & hire fantesme [L. vanitatem ; Psalms 128.37]. 1483 CAXTON tr. J. de Voragine Golden Legende 289/1 The deuylle appered to them in guyse of a maronner in a shippe of fantasme. 1860 R. W. EMERSON Illusions in Conduct of Life 283 'Tis all phantasm. b. A thing or being which apparently exists but is not real; a hallucination or vision; a figment of the imagination; an illusion. 1599 H. BUTTES Dyets Dry Dinner sig.P4 v , According to the phantasmes and visions, which appeared to them in their sleepe. 1644 MILTON Areopagitica 10 Or else it was a fantasm bred by the feaver which had then seis'd him. 1678 R. CUDWORTH True Intellect. Syst. Universe I. ii. 68 The Minds of men strongly possess'd with Fear, especially in the Dark, raise up the Phantasms of Spectres, Bug-bears, or affrightful Apparitions to them. 1941 E. R. EDDISON Fish Dinner vii. 124 As the drunkard that swallowed the true live frog in his beer-mug, supposing it but such another fantasm as he was customed to? From the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) "Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled." John Berger, from Ways of Seeing To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence,” ll. 1-4 Course topics and goals: In this course, we will be looking at the ways important, even controversial, issues are presented and examined in select literary and visual works. The primary focus of our readings will be a mix of short works of fiction, occasional essays, paintings, graphic illustrations, and digital copies of illuminated and engraved copper plates. Topics cover ideas regarding the complex and varied relationship between how we see and perceive and the language used to describe and analyze visual expression of ideas, phenomena, and objects. We will also consider the problems and
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possibilities of language, in addition to the challenges presented by other mediums of communication, especially visual art. Our discussions will move us beyond the art that we view and the scenarios in the essays and stories that we read into the realm of historical and current events, influenced by cultural, social, and political expectations, assumptions, and theories. We
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