ENGLISH 151: College Writing

Memory and Forgetting



        Selected Poems

        Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

        William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale       

        Max Ophuls, Letter from an Unknown Woman

        Alison Bechdel, Fun Home

        Michael Harvey, The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing    




This semester we will read, analyze, discuss, and write about representations of the work of memory and forgetting. How do we construct identities from our store of memories? Does what we forget define us as well? How much do our social contexts determine what and how we remember? I have chosen texts that focus on these questions. We will read a selection of poetry, a short novel, a film, a play, and a graphic novel.

This is a writing intensive course. I will assign several short papers and a longer final paper, and I will ask you to write several different kinds of analyses. In working on these assignments, we will envision writing as a daily practice and a recursive process.


You should expect to get several things out of this course. You will improve your skills with written language, hone your ability to think critically, and practice clear and forceful communication in different contexts. Developing these abilities will help you succeed in learning you will undertake throughout your college career. We can express our primary course goals as follows:   

  • Engage and hone critical thinking abilities

  • Practice writing as a process

  • Practice fluency and clarity in communication

  • Develop knowledge of helpful resources for writing tasks

  • Improve skills in researching and writing college level essays