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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2005

E 314L • Poesis: The Making of Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32325 MWF
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
PAR 308

Course Description

We will commence this course with a unit on meter and versification; throughout the course, we will consider issues of structure in a series of genres, from poetry to drama to the novel. We will also make use of such resources as the Murfin casebook to develop a familiarity with several approaches to literary criticism. Towards the goal of developing your own voice as an expository writer, I encourage you to drop in on Trimble's Conversations early and often as you compose and revise.

Grading Policy

You will write three expository papers: two of 5-6 pages, and a third of 6-8 pages. Grading of written work will be on a portfolio basis, to provide opportunity for revisions. Attendance is mandatory; some combination of brief focused response writings and reading quizzes will be used as catalysts for discussion and the development of writing topics. Also, to encourage widespread participation in discussion, you may occasionally be asked to deliver informal presentations to the class.

Attendance and participation 25%
3 Papers 75%


Timothy Steele, All the fun's in how you say a thing: An Explanation of Meter and Versification
John Trimble, Writing With Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing, Second Edition
Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing: With New and Updated Critical Essays and a Revised Bibliography, ed. David L. Stevenson
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism, ed. Ross C. Murfin
Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 Supplementary readings.


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