Honors ENGL110-086: Critical Reading and Writing

Composition and Improvisation: Writing about Music

Fall 2014
049 Memorial Hall
MWF 1:25-2:15
Syllabus: Syllabus for ENGL110-086 2014F
Research conferences: TBD

Instructor: Ray Peters
Office: Room 302, 186 S. College Ave.
Conference hours: 8-11 on TR and by appointment
Office telephone: (302) 831-8567
E-mail: rpeters@udel.edu
WWW: www.udel.edu/honors/rpeters
Writing Fellows Program: www.udel.edu/honors/writingfellows

Writing Fellows assigned to E110-086

Course description

E110 teaches the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills essential to success in college. As an E110 student, you will learn to develop your own ideas as you seek to understand, analyze, and thoughtfully respond to the written ideas of others. Simultaneously, you will write essays and reports in the approaches typically used in the academic world: exposition, analysis, argumentation, and research.

This course will explore writing about musical creativity. We will study the creative process of major composers (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Stravinsky, George Gershwin, Ellington, Miles Davis, Coltrane, Mingus, Stephen Sondheim, Philip Glass, etc.) and songwriters (Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Lennon and McCartney, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, Kesha, Lady Gaga, etc.). Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on the rhetorical analysis of texts. We will read Lester Bangs's Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung, Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, and Geoff Dyer's But Beautiful: A Book about Jazz. We will also listen to samples of the music under discussion. In order to develop skills in academic writing, we will analyze research papers in the Arak Anthology and other samples of academic writing. Students will write brief response papers, critical reviews, analytical essays, and a research paper examining the creative process in the work of a composer or musician of their choice.

Useful resources

For more information, contact rpeters@udel.edu.

Last updated: June 13, 2014