Classical Studies Today: Writing for a General Audience|
Spring 2019 not offered
This will be a seminar for junior and senior departmental majors, offered in association with the Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing. The purpose of the class is to have students write about scholarly issues in a way that makes them accessible to broad non-specialist audiences. This practice is what one scholar has called "responsible popularization." The course will concentrate on writing and public presentations, and each week the students will take alternating roles as writers and editors. The work load consists of reading scholarly articles or book chapters, on academic topics from Classical Studies, and re-work them in compact genres like personal essays, op-eds, blog posts,and reviews. For the final project, the students will form teams of two, each of which will interview an eminent Classical scholar of their choice and produce a brief profile.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)
A selection of scholarly articles and book chapters that will be available as photocopies. For example: - - Kurt A. Raaflaub, "EQUALITIES AND INEQUALITIES IN ATHENIAN DEMOCRACY" and Paul Cartledge, "COMPARATIVELY EQUAL," both in Ober and Hedrick (eds.) _Démokratia_ (Princeton: 1996); - Johanna Hanink, the first chapter of _THE CLASSICAL DEBT: GREEK ANTIQUITY IN AN ERA OF AUSTERITY_ (Harvard: 2017) and a review of the same by Emma Gee in the Times Higher Education supplement (August 24, 2017).
|Examination and Assignments: |
Each week one-half of the class will write short (ca. 600-700 word) papers, which will be edited by the other half of the class, one to one, and returned to the original writer for revision. The revised versions will then be distributed to the whole class for discussion. As noted in the course description, the final project will be an interview and written profile.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The success of the course depends entirely on the students' commitment to working with each other. Prompt completion of assignments and regular attendance are essential.