ENG420 201801 Undergraduate

Term: 
Fall 2018
Course: 
ENG 420
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Sections: 
Title: 
Art of the Sentence
Instructors: 

Carolyn Bergquist

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  • Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Additional Title: Director of Composition
  • Phone: 541-346-2695
  • Office: 243 PLC
  • Office Hours: Winter term: M 1:00-2:30; TH 11:00-12:30; Comp matters by appt.
Department Section Description: 

We are going to look very closely at sentences to see how they work, how the individual parts of speech draw together into syntax, and what effect (artistic and otherwise) these patterns of syntax create. The course will mix technical study of sentence structure and reflection upon the artful potential of those sentence elements, with the goal that each of us is able to see and describe how sentences achieve their effects. Grammar by Diagram will provide an introduction to (or review of) English grammar, and the process of diagramming sentences will also develop our sense of sentence structure. Virginia Tufte’s Artful Sentences: Style as Syntax is a collection of and reflection upon sentences that serves as a starting point for each of our own descriptive and analytic work. In individual projects and in our pooled observations about writing from class discussions, we will each develop a critical language based in grammar for describing prose style. We will be looking at our own sentences and writing styles in order to gain more artistic and technical facility. Throughout, we will reflect on the process of learning and engaging with sentences at this level of detail. We may also, perhaps, enjoy the possibilities of English and have some fun with words.

Fulfills: 

Major I: F-Upper-Division Elective

Upper-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.

Major II: Upper-Division Elective

Upper-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.

Major II: Writing

Writing Requirement courses focus on the technical terms and conceptual principles needed to write clear, grammatical prose aimed at communicating with force and logic.  Upper-division courses focus on professional writing and the creation of individual styles.

WSCR Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning offers students a coherent program of courses that strengthen students' abilities to write well, to speak effectively in public, and to think critically. This minor is built on courses in English, Writing, and Philosophy and is taught by professors from English, Philosophy, and the Honors College.