Writing 2: Seeing Catastrophe

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Writing 2 continues the work begun in Writing 1 on strengthening students' ability to write, read and discuss at the college level, with emphasis on literary and visual analysis, and research and argumentation skills. The course will revolve around a specific theme selected by the instructor.

This class draws on the literature of the world to explore a feature that is common to all of them: catastrophe. We will examine catastrophe in some of its most common permutations,including natural disaster, manmade disaster, social and cultural upheaval and personal crisis, as well as the interactions between them. We will investigate how the authors of nonfiction books, novels, and plays describe, analyze, and explain catastrophe.