ENGL 002W. Words Matter: Crafting and Critiquing Rhetorically Effective Styles

What does it mean to write an awkward or a clear sentence? Who determines what counts as appropriate or "good" writing, and how are such notions of standardized English currently being challenged? Can a scholarly voice be an authentic, personal voice, too? In this course, we will examine the grammatical building blocks of written style while scrutinizing larger cultural concerns about the effectiveness of distinct styles. We will explore the social and political implications of norms for academic, civic, and professional discourse and seek to equip students to make rhetorically savvy stylistic choices in their own writing for a variety of purposes and audiences.   

Writing Course.
1 credit.
Catalog chapter: English Literature  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/english-literature

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