Fall 2014

Having Arguments

Listed in: English, as ENGL-111

Formerly listed as: ENGL-01

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Michele Barale (Section 01)
Benson Lieber (Section 02)


(Offered as ENGL 111 and SWAG 111.)  Using a variety of texts–novels, essays, short stories–this course will work to develop the reading and writing of difficult prose, paying particular attention to the kinds of evidence and authority, logic and structure that produce strong  arguments.  The authors we study may include Peter Singer, Aravind Adiga, Willa Cather, Toni Morrison, George Orwell, Charles Johnson, James Baldwin, Alice Munro, William Carlos Williams.  This is an intensive writing course.  Frequent short papers will be assigned.

Preference given to first-year Amherst College students.  Each section limited to 12 students. Fall semester: Professor Barale and Senior Lecturer Lieber. Spring semester: Senior Lecturer Lieber.

If Overenrolled: Students admitted in consultation with the Dean of Students' office and/or their academic adviser.


Writing Intensive


2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017