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ENGL 3387 The Literary Essay (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

"The essay can do everything a poem can do," according to Annie Dillard, "and everything a short story can do — everything but fake it." We will study literary essays in a wide range of forms (e.g., personal, lyrical, satirical, experimental) in order to understand how they are similar to — but also different from — poems, short stories, and academic or journalistic articles. Reading and writing assignments will include both literary and scholarly essays. Authors on the reading list will include Swift, Woolf, Orwell, Baldwin, Didion, Wolfe, McPhee, Orlean, Dillard, and Sedaris.


Instructor(s): Lad Tobin

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13