English 103: Critical Thinking and English Composition

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“This is what you shall do:
Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life,
re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”

Walt Whitman

Painting of Lord Byron by Thomas Medwin

In this course, students will learn to write coherently organized analytical essays that demonstrate sound reasoning, the ability to clearly connect evidence to claims, advanced critical thinking strategies, and an understanding of conventions of scholarly discourse. Student will use critical thinking and advanced research skills to illuminate various political, social, ethical, and philosophical ideas. We will study Transcendentalism in American literature and the Romantic era in British literature.

Required Readings

Macbeth, William Shakespeare Manfred, Lord Byron
Song of Myself, Walt Whitman Paradise Lost, John Milton
Selected Poems,Emily Dickinson Frankenstein,Mary Shelley Wuthering Heights,Emily Bronte

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