|(3 cr.) This course features a historical analysis of the
genre's origins across 30 centuries of
writing--from the earliest records of writing, to
contemporary American writers of the form.
Theoretical analysis of the genre draws on Greek
conceptions of persona to modern psychological
ideas of personhood and impersonation, to
linguistic considerations of the first-person
singular and plural pronouns. The five-paragraph
format also is drawn into theoretical discussion
and practical critique. Students write several
personal and academic essays.
Prerequisite: EN 101, EN 102, EN 102H or EN 103H; Every Other Year, Fall|