Walking, Thinking, Telling

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Walking seems like the most natural and simple of human actions, and indeed walking is not only a human action but also a metaphor for many human activities and processes. Walking is a definitive activity of humans. But, like all human actions, even the physical act of walking has many varieties materially, formally, efficiently, and teleologically; it intersects with nature, culture, history, gender, race, etc.  Specifically, many poets, philosophers, and storytellers have found the act of walking providing a test of the rhythm and the substance of their thought. This class will explore many varieties of walking and will use walking as a window through which to think about what it means to be human.

SYLLABUS and SCHEDULE

CORE 1000. Walk Talk Tell .Syl.S15GC

Schedule CORE 1000 2015

TEXTS

King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Pocket Books, ISBN: 0743455967

Orwell, George. “Politics and the English Language.”  Handout

Stunk and White. The Elements of Style. Longman. ISBN: 020530902X

Solnit, Rebecca. Wanderlust: A History of Walking. New York: Viking, 2000. Print.

Gros, Frédéric. A Philosophy of Walking. New York, Verso, 2014. Print

RESOURCES

ThoreauWalking

GUIDE FOR WRITING

george-orwell

ASSIGNMENTS

Essay 1 Narrative prompt 2015

CORE Essay 2 2015

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