English 101 Section A09. Writing About Fear
This course intends to provoke critical reflection on the function of fear in our daily lives and its ability to shape our perspectives and senses of self. Anxieties and phobias we experience as personal often have a cultural context, and throughout the term we will use a number of writing assignments to shift our thinking from the private sphere into the public sphere. Once a social context for these experiences has been established, we will consider the ways in which fear can be evoked for personal, political, and commercial purposes.
Developing coherent, supportable lines of reasoning is the key to successful college writing, and together we will develop strategies for critical reflection and inquiry by drafting essays, peer reviews, rhetorical analyses, and self evaluations. Locating ourselves within the vast array of written and multimodal texts requires that we decipher messages encoded all around us and begin considering the ways in which such messages become internalized, personalized, and projected back out into the world. This is the intellectual work we will undertake, all while honing our skills as writers, researchers, and community members.