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The John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell University supports writing seminars and writing intensive courses in a broad spectrum of academic disciplines and at all levels of undergraduate education; it also engages in a variety of outreach activities. Through advances in a changing field, it has maintained its reputation as the premier writing program in the country, seeding the idea of teaching writing across disciplines by teaching future professors in every field, from Chemistry to Comparative Literature, Classics to Mathematics, Biology to Development Sociology, Engineering and Ecology, how to teach good writing to their students.

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New addition to Sp18 FWS Ballot:

Writing Across Cultures: Science Fiction; TR 10:10-11:25 a.m.; Class # 17643

Science fiction, as Fredric Jameson said, “is the only kind of literature that can reach back and colonize the real world.” Through literature, films, and new media, this course explores the unique ways in which science fiction mediates our relationship with the world and shapes our awareness of the present. As our contemporary reality is inherently global, we will discuss and write about Anglo-American texts ranging from Frankenstein to Avatar and The Hunger Games alongside science fiction from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Students will write and maintain a group blog with individual contributions and collective interactions.