Prof. Anthony Lioi
As the course title suggests, this class is meant to acquaint you with the literary and rhetorical tradition of the essay, a genre which has been described by one scholar as "the meeting ground between art and philosophy," and by another as "the place where the self finds a pattern in the world, and the world finds a pattern in the self". Though the essay is part of a tradition of prose which stretches back to antiquity, it is also a thoroughly modern and popular form of writing, found in print media and on the web.
OCW has published multiple versions of this subject.
Lioi, Anthony. 21W.735 Writing and Reading the Essay, Fall 2004. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/writing-and-humanistic-studies/21w-735-writing-and-reading-the-essay-fall-2004 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA