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Title: FYWS 151-10, Text Us..., Fall 2014
Authors: Reef, Anne
Keywords: English, Department of;Syllabus;Curriculum;2014 Fall;Student research
Issue Date: 27-Aug-2014
Publisher: Memphis, Tenn. : Rhodes College
Series/Report no.: Syllabi CRN 15300;
Abstract: In daily conversation, the word “text” usually refers to a message sent from a mobile phone. However, the word, from the Latin textus, derives from a root that means “to make,” and it has a long history; in the form texere, it first meant “to weave.” Texts, from textiles to textbooks and text messages, are, and always have been, created or constructed. In education, texts are the fabric of our lives—books, films, music, paintings, plans, reports, and records that others have “made” are indispensable. College students are expected to respond to these by “texting,” carefully constructing their own written responses that are in keeping with academic convention. For that reason, this class is designed to develop students’ abilities to read texts and contexts, and to become skilled critics and crafters of writing themselves. During this course, students will experience, analyze, and respond not only to texts about texts, but also to verbal, visual, and sound material drawn from a variety of genres, including literature and pop culture. This is a forum in which you may read an essay by Zadie Smith and analyze a blog by Dave Zirin, think critically about a column by Geoff Calkins and giggle at Gaylord Focker, or read a story by Mark Behr even as you think about Sugar Bear. In this class, you will be prepared (in the many senses of that word) for texts that might include “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo!” and you will surely text about them. Enrollment in this course will privilege students seeking a multinational classroom experience.
Description: This syllabus was submitted to the Office of Academic by the course instructor. Uploaded by Lorie Yearwood.
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