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literature and time

This Freshman Writing Seminar introduces students to the practice of writing analytic essays about literature and culture. Accordingly, the goal of the course is for students to become proficient at writing essays that establish, make and support academic arguments. The focus of this particular seminar will be the relationship between literature and time. We will examine and discuss works of literary and critical writing that address: how literature produces “timeless” objects that are preserved from the passage of time; how literature captures the present as well as the past and the future. Texts will include: classic poems by Shakespeare, Keats, and Stevens; contemporary novels by Foster, Whitehead, and Yamashita; a range of critical essays, and a selection of recent films about time travel.

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