This advanced course first reviews the structure and terminology of modern English grammar through descriptive and exemplary readings. Students then examine their own sentences and those of literary and non-literary texts with special attention to the relationship between syntax and style. We will learn the tropes and figures of classical rhetoric and apply them in frequent short papers of literary analysis of such writers as Dr. Johnson, Henry James, Hemingway, Dickinson, Faulkner, Hopkins, Baldwin, Gibbon, Stein, or Brooks. Topics for study will include gender differences in usage, the social and political uses of prescriptive grammar, and the linguistic analysis of, like, non-standard spoken English.
Requisites: Two courses in English; exceptions by consent of the instructors. Open to juniors and seniors. Non-English majors are welcome. Limited to 30 students. Fall semester. Professors Barale and Chickering.