21W.735 | Fall 2004 | Undergraduate

Writing and Reading the Essay



ID - Klaus, C., et al. In Depth: Essayists for Our Time. 2nd ed. Princeton, NJ: Heinle, 1993. ISBN: 0155001728.

APE - Lopate, Phillip. The Art of the Personal Essay. New York, NY: Doubleday Publishing, 1997. ISBN: 038542339X.

TM - Perelman, L., et al. The Mayfield Handbook of Technical and Scientific Writing. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1997. ISBN: 1559346477.

1 Introduction  
2 ID: “Introduction: On the Essay.”

White, E. B. “The Essayist and the Essay.”

Woolf, V. “The Modern Essay.”

3 APE: pp. 5-136. Assignment 1 distributed
4 Peer Review Rough draft 1 due in class
5 Discussion of Drafts

ID: Hoagland, E. “The Courage of Turtles.”

Raymo, C. “An Ancient Brilliance.” (copy)

6 ID: Eiseley, L. “How Flowers Changed the World,” and “The Hidden Teacher.”

APE: J. Tanizaki, “In Praise of Shadows.”

Final draft 1 due
7 ID: Walker, A. “Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self.”

APE: Hazlitt, W. “On the Pleasure of Hating.”

Assignment 2 distributed
8 Peer Review Rough draft 2 due
9 Discussion of Drafts

TM: Twain, M. “Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses.”

Saki. “The Reticence of Lady Anne.”

APE: Shonagon, Sei. “Hateful Things.”

10 Discussion of Drafts (cont.)

ID: Walker, A. “Am I Blue?”

Woolf, V. “The Death of the Moth.”

Oates, J. C. “Against Nature.”

11 ID: Orwell, G. “Politics and the English Language.”

TM: Queenan, J. “Introduction.”

Final draft 2 due

Assignment 3 distributed

12 TM: Swift, J. “A Modest Proposal.”  
13 Peer Review Rough draft 3 due
14 Discussion of Drafts

Alexie, Sherman “Captivity.” (copy)

TM: Twain, M. “A Medieval Romance.”

15 TM: Voltaire. Candide. Final draft 3 due

Assignment 4 distributed 2 days after Lecture 15

16 Peer Review Rough draft 4 due
17 Discussion of Drafts

TM: Austen, J. Lady Susan.

18 Discussion of Drafts (cont.)

TM: Twain, M. “English as She Is Taught.”

ID: “All of Woody Allen.”

Final draft 4 due four days after Lecture 18 no later than 2pm
19 Individual Conferences  
20 Individual Conferences (cont.)  
21 Individual Conferences (cont.)  
22 Final Class Meeting in Class

Individual Conferences (cont.)

Final draft of essay 5 due in portfolio five days after Lecture 22

Portfolio due five days after Lecture 22 no later than 3pm

Course Info

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Fall 2004
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments