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
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GUIDE FOR WRITING