Undergraduate Courses, Summer 2001

Times and locations of class meetings are subject to change. Consult the UF Schedule of Courses for official class times and locations and an explanation of the class period abbreviations.

Lower Division (1000–2000) Courses, Summer Sessions A & B

Note: Only course descriptions are listed below. For a comprehensive summary of course numbers, sections, times and locations, titles, and instructors, see the following web page:

ENC 1145

Writing About Travel

Sarika Chandra

This is a composition course in which students will study travel literature while they work on their own writing skills. We will attend to questions such as why travel writing has remained popular for centuries despite the many criticisms it has received. Recently a number of influential studies have been published on travel writing – Mary Louise Pratt’s Imperial Eyes (1992), Edward Said’s “Travelling Theory Reconsidered” (1994), and Eric Leed’s The Mind of the Traveler (1991). The course will briefly consider the history of travel writing before moving on to contemporary topics. The following issues among others will be of particular significance: travel as a form of imperialist nostalgia, stereotypes and myths about the worlds re-created by travel writers, and problems of gender in travel. Since travel remains, for the most part, a middle class Euro-American phenomenon, questions of privilege will be important. Furthermore, we will attempt to address the issue of exotic production of other people and places in travel narratives. Students will spend a good portion of the course on their own writing as they consider how travel enables writing. Students will have the opportunity to develop critical writing skills as they study travel narratives.


ENC 1145

Writing about Law in Literature

Bernie O’Donnell

This course will stress the importance of persuasive/argumentative writing within the template of the law in literature by considering the guilt or innocence of fictive characters. An effective writer is an effective communicator and is therefore better prepared to succeed in the professional world, especially in the legal milieu. Consequently, this course does not so much stress the earning of a letter grade as it does the empowering of students to write persuasively. Eventually, you will forget the grade you will have earned for this class, but with continual practice, you will not forget the skills you will acquire from this course and will use them on a daily basis. This course aims to assist you in improving your argumentative writing skills in all facets: i.e., recognizing your audience, identifying and developing an appropriate voice, creating a well-structured argument, organizing your thoughts into a coherent and persuasive presentation, and improving basic grammatical and rhetorical skills. Such an endeavor will require you to write and revise numerous papers, interact with peers by critically reading and responding to rough drafts, and maintaining an open mind and positive attitude.

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