University of Georgia, English 1102: “Writing about Literature”
Terms: Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2012.
English 1102 expands the skills learned in English 1101. Students learn to apply rhetorical skills to a range of literary genres and to develop an analytical sense of voice. Over the course of the semester, students complete three papers that encourage them to think critically and recognize the difference between opinion and evidence; at the end of the course, students produce a final writing portfolio that demonstrates their drafting, editing, and peer review skills. One of my favorite texts to teach in this course is H.G. Wells's The Invisible Man; I pair the novel with a viewing of the 1933 film version starring Claude Rains and encourage students to interrogate the artistic choices made. The novel and 1933 film version demonstrate the many disadvantages to invisibility, and I ask students to consider why our contemporary pop culture is fascinated with invisibility (Lord of the Rings, Fantastic Four, Harry Potter, and Hollow Man are all movies invested in some element of invisibility).