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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2004

T C E603 • E603: Composition and Reading in World Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30045 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Par 194

Course Description

We will explore our senses of place and space, as we read the texts the world presents to us, especially those in the built environment and in nature. One of our mottos will be "think outside the box." Hence, some class meetings will be outside the classroom, devoted to observing, drawing, and writing about nature, buildings, and works of art, at campus buildings, statues, and nature sites, as well as at the Japanese garden in Zilker Park, and the state Capitol building and St. Mary’s cathedral downtown. Discovery learning (also known as active learning and learning by doing), the method emphasized in the college of Natural Sciences, will be our approach. Our specific techniques will be reading and writing in response to basic questions about ourselves and our environments such as: “What is this?” “Where did it come from?” “Why is it here?” And, “What does it mean?” Many objects will reveal themselves as palimpsests inviting us to trace layers of meaning in them back to various eras and places. For example, questioning fossils in Waller Creek will lead us back to the origins of life on earth and forward to the writings of Darwin and Tennyson and to the contemporary debate about the interpretation of Genesis. The rotundas of the capitol and the Story of Texas museum will lead us, via the internet, to the Pantheon in Rome and thus to Greco-Roman civilization. The carved griffins on the mantle in the Littlefield House will lead us, via the internet, to medieval cathedrals, to Ruskin’s "The Nature of Gothic," etc.

About the Professor: Jerome Bump was awarded the Jeanne Holloway Award for undergraduate teaching, the Dad's Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship for instructing freshmen, the Rhodes Centennial Teaching Fellowship for directing the Computer Writing and Research Laboratory (devoted primarily to lower division instruction), and chosen as a Mortor Board Preferred Professor. He is the author of Gerard Manley Hopkins and various essays and reviews. At the moment he particularly interested in writing about nature and architecture, especially gargoyles. For more information consult

Grading Policy

50% of the final grade will be determined by the multimedia projects (15% for each first draft, 10% for each revision), 14% by the portfolio; 30% by informal writing; 6 % by class participation. Grades will be reduced for each class day assignments are late. Class participation consists of showing up in class on time, having read the material assigned for that day, and talking about it. One of the goals of the course is better spoken as well as written communication and that requires learning to concentrate and listen when others are speaking.


Writing Skills Handbook, Charles Bazerman Selections from: The Bible, Theocritus, Virgil, Wordsworth, Pugin, Tennyson, Darwin, Dickens, Hugo, Ruskin, Arnold, Hopkins, Pater, Lawrence, Forster, Dobie, Jones, Graves, Harrigan, Taniguchi, Oliphant, Barney, Lopez, and others. Longer works will be selected for the second semester, in consultation with the students.


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