ENG 105

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LL 105

Fall 1999



Advanced Composition

Dan Bivona

Associate Chair

Department of English

Office: LL 549B

Phone: 965-7748

Hours: MW 1-3 and by appointment

Email: dbivona@asu.edu




In this course we will be focusing on your writing and how to improve it. Through the use of in-class workshops, multiple drafting, intensive reading and critical discussion, and library and Web research, we hope to prepare you for the types of writing most often encountered in college-level courses. Since the ability to write well is tied closely to the development of effective reading and analytical skills, we will supplement the very brief readings in the main textbook with a number of well-known, longer pieces of writing which all address, in some form or other, the large topic of "education" (conceived as broadly as possible). Weekly discussions of ideas will be supplemented by workshops which focus intensively on writing skills. Supplemental readings will be available online through the course website, but you may also purchase inexpensive paperback editions listed below under the required Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing, 2nd Edition, which you must purchase.


Bean, John C. and John D. Ramage. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing, 2nd Edition. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 1997.

Arnold, Matthew. Culture and Anarchy. Ed. Stefan Collini. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993.

Darwin, Charles. On the Origin of Species. New York: Bantam, 1999.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. Confessions. Trans. J. M. Cohen. London: Penguin, 1953 [reprint].

Wells, H. G. The Island of Dr. Moreau New York: Bantam, 1994.

Wollstonecraft, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Women. New York: Dover, 1996.

N.B. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing is available now at the ASU Bookstore. The other texts have just recently been ordered. I will notify you when they arrive at the bookstore.  You should also purchase a handbook such as the Little Brown Handbook or, at the very least, make use of the Online English Grammar.  I will append an extensive list of links for research to this syllabus within a few weeks.   In the meantime, though, you should explore for yourself the extensive information sources available through the ASU Library.  You may also find the extensive links on my website to be useful, although you should keep in mind that these are heavily weighted toward literary and historical sites.

N.B. I expect that your papers will conform to ASU guidelines on academic honesty. That is, I expect that all work is your own except for that which you have explicitly cited on your "Works Cited" page. This means you must cite ideas and words borrowed from online sources as well as from books and articles found in the library. If you have further questions about this policy, see the statement issued by the Women's Studies Program here.  It provides a succinct summary of the policy in effect in this class.

Requirements and Grading:

Following is a breakdown of requirements for the course:

Requirement Percent of final grade
Essay 1 (autobiography) 15%
Essay 2 (classical argument) Topics 15%
Essay 3 (informative essay) Topics 15%
Essay 4 (analysis paper) Topics 15%
Research paper (Topics) 20%
Participation, attendance, various short writing assignments in-class and out, oral reports 20%

Vigorous and regular class participation is crucial to success in this course. You must hand in all assignments on time and attend all classes. Failure to do so will definitely lower your final grade. You are also expected to have reading assignments completed by the date they are to be discussed. PointR.gif (1381 bytes)   Here is a more complete statement of the policy on late and/or missing assignments.


Date Topic Assigned Reading/Writing/Reports Supplemental Material
M, 8/23 Introduction to the course


W, 8/25 Workshop Read A&B, 3-39  
M, 8/30 Autobiography Read Rousseau, Confessions The Rousseau AssociationEighteenth-Century Studies SitesGreat Books Index:  Jean-Jacques Rousseau
W, 9/1 Workshop Read A&B, 142-164  
M, 9/6 No Class, Labor Day


W, 9/8 Autobiography Rousseau cont./Workshop on autobiographies

Write an autobiography (first draft due today)

M, 9/13 Classical argument Read Plato’s Protagoras; read Wilde’s The Decay of Lying [Use ID and PW for access] Here, Madam; The Perseus Project; The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy; Encyclopedia Britannica; Oscariana and the Oscar Wilde Random Quote Generator; The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde; Donna Haraway, "A Cyborg Manifesto"; Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"
W, 9/15 Workshop Read A&B, 316-359  
M, 9/20 Classical argument cont. Plato; Wilde cont.

Autobiography (final draft due today)

W, 9/22 Workshop

Write a classical argument (first draft due)  Topics

M, 9/27 Informative Writing Read Darwin, Origin of Species (excerpts:  Introduction, Ch 3, Ch 4, Ch 10, Ch 15) Science and Creationism:  The View from the National Academy of Science; www.creationism.org; John Lynch's Darwinism course online syllabus
W, 9/29 Workshop


Topics for Informative Essay

Finish discussion of Darwin; Read A&B, 194-214

M, 10/4 Informative Writing


Darwin and Wells cont. Wells, The Island of Dr. Moreau

Classical argument (final draft due)

Wells and his Worlds
W, 10/6 Workshop


Informative essay (first draft due)  
M, 10/11

Analysis: Analyzing an image


Read Pater, "La Gioconda"; See in-class parodies (Coming soon).

Read A&B, 215-237

W, 10/13 Workshop


M, 10/18

Analysis: Causality



Read Hume: From An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748): Sec. IV, Sec. V, Sec. VII, Sec. X.

Read Coleridge, "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (1798; this is the 1858 edition at UVA).

Read A&B, 288-315

The Samuel Taylor Coleridge Archive; Coleridge (portrait); A Coleridge Companion; The Hume Archives; Ty's David Hume Page
W, 10/20

Workshop: Analyzing Literature

A&B, 260-287

Informative essay (final draft due)

M, 10/25 Analysis cont. A&B, 260-287  
W, 10/27


Sign-up Sheet

Conferences: see sign-up sheet

Bring ideas for research paper (Topics)

M, 11/1


Internet Research Sample Test

Arnold, Culture and Anarchy (Essays I, II, and III)


Arnold on the Victorian Web
W, 11/3 Workshop

Analysis paper (first draft due) Topics

Guide to term paper research (ASU Library)
M, 11/8


Wollstonecraft websites
W, 11/10



Note-taking, finding sources

A&B, pp. 541-587

M, 11/15 Research paper

Oral reports begin: Adam York

W, 11/17 Research cont. Oral reports: Justin Tang; Byron Bjore*  
M, 11/22 Analysis paper (2nd draft) due. Oral reports: Austin Miller; Sarah Tesar; Tuan Nguyen; Martin Lenardon  
W, 11/24 " Oral reports: Rachel Gross, Jennifer Danberg, Josh Sherwin, Nathan Shields  
M, 11/29 " Oral reports: Houston Todd*  
W, 12/1 "

Research paper (first draft due)

Oral reports: Sean Lynch*, Jesse Brown*, Albert Hong*, Jennie Bowler

M, 12/8 Oral reports: Nick Gramze, Omar Mahmood  
W, 12/10 "

Oral reports: Carolyn Beal

M, 12/17   Research paper (final draft due)  


* Indicates students who need to reschedule their oral reports.

Downloadable Peer Review forms can be found at this site.

Last updated:  8/22/99

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