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Spring 2014 First-Year Seminar BC1166 section 001
THE ART OF BEING ONESELF

Call Number 04846
Day & Time
Location
TR 2:40pm-3:55pm
405 Barnard Hall
Points 3
Approvals Required None
Instructor Mindy Aloff
Type SEMINAR
Course Description Transparency in writing is a creation. It conveys the sense that the writer is putting all of his or her cards on the table, that the voice is candid and reasonable, that the person writing is knowable in an essential respect. Although in recent decades such a prose style has not been especially cherished in literature, it has characterized works that endure and that survive translation. Great artists in whatever medium tend to write clearly, vividly, concisely, and memorably about such complicated subjects as aesthetics, technique, political identity, the workings of society, and the shadings of emotion that galvanize human action. This course will look at examples ranging across time, space, and literary medium: the essay, the lecture, the autobiography, the journal, the letter, and the short story. Readings in the past have included Phillip Lopate, The Personal Essay; Eugene Delacroix, The Journals; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Letter; Chinua Achebe, Home and Exile; Paul Taylor, Private Domain; and Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings.
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Department First-Year Seminar Program @Barnard
Enrollment 16 students as of 11:25PM Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Subject First-Year Seminar
Number BC1166
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Open To Barnard
Campus Barnard College
Note BC ONLY; LOTTERY ON EBEAR NOV 6-10; RESULTS NOV 11
Section key 20141FYSB1166X001

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