Description of course Genetics B/ Lab:
4 Credit Hours
Instructor: Bethany F. Timmerman
At the heart of any text is the blindingly obvious; it’s made up of words. While some authors’ vocabulary challenges us to reach for the dictionary, others create their own words altogether. Some words have since been accepted into everyday speech (and even made it into the dictionary), some seem oddly familiar, but obviously fabricated, and others are outright alien. In this course, we’ll explore how literary nonsense, language play, and constructed languages are used by authors in various contexts to entertain, confuse, and create an immersive literary experience. In doing so, we’ll study how syntax, phonetics and context helps us to decipher otherwise undecipherable words, how nonsense/constructed words function within the sentence and the larger text and what these exercises tell us about our relationship to language and literature. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.