1B: Reading & Composition
Instructor(s) Mark Minch
In this class we will look materially and critically at research as a way both to learn (and unlearn) methods for writing an academic styled research paper and to foray into the uneven grounds of experimentation. Keeping in mind the relationships between texts, voices, images, places and things, we will develop research skills through close readings of texts, performances and other media. A guiding theme throughout will be the continuous relationship between Art and Science, the various ways this boundary has been fortified or blurred, and the effects this confusion might have on truth and knowledge. We will end the class with an exploration of how, within this interval, a figure of the indigene has created, and been created by, impasses of discourse, prompting the possibility for alternative modes of speaking and performing through the theoretico-poetic concepts of the Voice and the Dream. Some of the questions explored will be:
-how do we know what we know; how do we value this knowledge; and how does this insight construct us and our relationships with others?
-how do we engage with various archives and other sources of authority, specifically through the concepts of voice, body and place?
-what constitutes a place and how does belonging mediate our ways of being in and with one?
-and how can we perform our own research incorporating some of the epistemological, methodological, and experimental practices discussed?
There will be ongoing writing workshops to develop analytical and stylistic writing abilities. The course will culminate in group presentations that tie intricately to individual final papers.
-Class Reader (can be bought at Metro Publishing)
-Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (10th edition) by Joseph Williams and Gregory Colomb (can be bought at the ASUC Bookstore)