English Area Groupings - The Personal Essay ENGL 2010   The Personal Essay
In the personal essay we use moments and material from our lives to communicate meaning to a reader. The trick of it, suggests Philip Lopate, is to “make the small loom large” by using the humble details of daily life to address some aspect of the human condition. With this challenge in mind, this course considers a wide range of personal essays and allows students to try their hands at writing in this form. Class time will be divided between the analysis of published essays and the development of original work.
FORMAT: Lecture
PREREQUISITES: Any class or combination of classes that satisfies the College of Arts and Social Sciences Writing Requirement.