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ENG 262 The Ethics of Writing (3 credits)

The course focus will be on the genre of nonfiction, on works that are intended to be true, or at least intended to be read as true. Course readings will help students examine the various ways in which nonfiction writers handle truthful material, whether that material is drawn from their own lives or the lives of others. Students will also investigate reader expectations and responses to the issue of truth in writing, particularly instances in which readers feel violated by a writer’s (mis)handling of the truth. Students will also examine the issue of truth (and plagiarism) in the academy. Does not fulfill GEP Art/Lit requirement.