ENGL489R - Rhetoric of Style

This course concentrates on the study of style at the word, sentence and passage level, examining how word choice, sentence form and passage construction serve the message, purpose, and effects of a text. Explanatory course materials and readings for study will be available on ELMS. We will examine a variety of authors, with an emphasis on contemporary non-fiction writers (e.g., Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote, Richard Selzer, Annie Dillard, etc.). Students will write several short analyses and exercises, including a study of their own writing, and will choose comparative texts as the subject of a longer study. Attention to stylistic issues at the word and sentence level improves both writing and analytical reading skills.

Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.