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ENGL 8892 Theory and History of the Essay (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

We will attempt to define the essay by identifying rhetorical elements that connect it to (but also distinguish it from) the short story, poem, and academic or journalistic article. Our study will be historical (we will examine the development of the essay in relation to the rise of the magazine in the 18th century and the internet in the 20th); theoretical (readings will include Adorno, Barthes, and D'Agata); and experiential (members of the class will write both literary and scholarly essays). Readings will include essays by Montaigne, Swift, Johnson, Woolf, Orwell, Baldwin, Didion, McPhee, Kincaid, Dillard, Wallace, and others.

Instructor(s): Lad Tobin

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17