Fall 2011

Writers in Conversation

Listed in: English, as ENGL-152


Wendy H. Bergoffen (Section 01)


This course offers students an opportunity to explore the relationships of literary works to one another, their readers, and the field of literary studies.  We will read a series of works written by American authors between 1880 and 1930, putting canonical and lesser-known writers into conversation with one another.  The conversation theme will inform not only the works we read but also shape how we read, write, and “converse” in class and through assignments.  For each set of readings, we will consider multiple conversations:  the processes by which readers respond to texts, thereby participating in a dialogue with writers; the “cultural debates” to which the authors, their texts, and readers contribute; and the role of critics and literary criticism in shaping and sustaining discussions about writers and their works.

Preference given to first-year and sophomore students.  Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Visiting Lecturer Bergoffen.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to first-year and sophomore students.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012