Fall 2024

Poems, Songs, and Stories

Listed in: English, as ENGL-122


Geoffrey D. Sanborn (Section 01)


This is a course about three of the most basic and ancient genres of verbal expression. They exist in every culture and they are a part of almost every person’s life. By thinking about each of those genres, one at a time, over the course of the semester, we will ultimately arrive at a more complex, nuanced understanding of the ways in which they both express and shape who we are. The readings and listenings will be wide-ranging and will consist partly of professor-provided works and partly of student-nominated works. Musical knowledge is useful but not necessary.

Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Sanborn.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Learning how to read closely and with emotional intelligence; learning how to augment the experience of reading through informal reflective writing and class participation; learning that all ideas are associatively connected to other ideas and that there are powerful alternatives to state-illustrate-restate arguments. There will be pre-class writing assignments, three short papers, and an emphasis on the quality of the contributions to class discussion. There will be no quizzes or exams.

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Other years: Offered in Spring 2023, Fall 2024