English Composition in Connection with the Reading of World Literature

English Composition in Connection with the Reading of World Literature

Windows and Thresholds
Course Number: 
R1B 013
Course Catalog Number: 
24841
Course Type or Level: 
Instructor: 
Alberto Castro II
Days: 
TU, TH
Time: 
8:00 AM - 9:29 AM
Semester: 
Location: 
Dwinelle 109

Windows. They’re everywhere we are, it doesn’t matter where. But what is a window? Inside, we peek through it to peer outside; outside, others peer through it to peek inside. Sure it separates inside from outside, but where does the window sit: inside or out? Perhaps it’s a facile question: we can’t divide space—it’s all one. Or perhaps a window marks a limit, a threshold even, the hypothetical point in any edifice where every neat spatial distinction collapses and emerges, if only briefly, to reveal this sublime contradiction. Though we may not overcome, we may nevertheless look through it as we do a window. Whether we choose to dismiss these unifying ruptures as sophistic babble, the liminal space they claim to inhabit will serve as our guide this semester as we grapple with an assortment of texts spanning from the ancient world of Hesiod and Heraclitus to the chimerical cityscapes of surrealism.

This course satisfies the second half of the University’s Reading and Composition requirement; it is intended for students who have already completed R1A (or an equivalent alternative). This course is designed to help students improve their reading comprehension, critical thinking, and writing. Classes will be spent discussing the writing process and its various stages or the various assigned readings. Assignments will include weekly bCourses posts, weekly quizzes, and three essays (diagnostic, analytical, research). Regular attendance and participation are required. This is a reading- and writing-intensive course.