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New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering    
 
    
 
  Jan 16, 2018
 
2013-2014 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EN-UY 2334/W The Invention of the Word

4 Credits
This course explores not the subject of “innovation” in literature, but the fact of it. Students read a range of literary texts that invented utterly new ways of writing: new forms and new approaches to consciousness and language itself. The course focuses on two clusters of literary and linguistic innovation: (1) writing in the ancient world, where narrative, drama and lyric-and indeed, the technology of writing itself-were first invented, and (2) works by pioneering literary modernists who radically reinvented the forms forged by their earliest predecessors.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year writing requirements
Note: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.



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