Eng 2:The Artist Takes a Walk
English 2 has two goals: first, to introduce students to the pleasures, issues, and formal strategies of literature and, second, to continue the work begun in English 1 on strengthening students' ability to use language both expressively and analytically. Reading will be drawn from a range of genres, periods, and traditions.
'What does it mean to be out walking in the world, whether in a landscape or a metropolis, on a pilgrimage or a protest march?' Posed to us at the outset of Rebecca Solnit's Wanderlust: A History of Walking, we'll respond by considering her thoughts as well as those of other artists - and we'll put our own feet into action. As we read and hear works centered on a movement deemed the most obvious and the most obscure, we'll pay particular attention to the way writers use the senses to engage us as they construct paths, places and ideas. We, in turn, will develop our own essays that invite the reader-listener to walk this way, in this place - and see what comes of a specific journey through time, place and experience. We'll engage in peer response sessions as we revise our drafts. The course format will include discussion, and critical and creative thinking, writing, and viewing activities. At least once during the semester, each student (as part of a pair or trio) will lead class discussion on an essay, poem or story, or make an oral presentation.