I do love The Spectator. It is very much a product of the early enlightenment, and you have to get used to the different rhythms of the language. But it does surprise me from time to time with how modern (or, rather, timeless) certain problems are and how sensible his solutions are. (The Spectator was actually written by various authors, but primarily it was Joseph Addison and Richard Steele.) There is a wonderful essay on the importance of investing effort in building a happy marriage — something even more critical in a society were divorce was unheard of. Several essays and mock letters to the editor remind readers that women have brains. There’s even a sensible essay on garden design that describes how to create a winter garden and recommends using local plants rather than exotics because local plants “rejoice in the soil.”
ENGL 101 Writing from Sources I (5)
Academic reading and graphics from different genres to provide opportunities for noticing lexis and grammar of genre and specific topic. Students discuss topic, receiving feedback on use of structures and lexis, and write short responses to the type of questions that might be asked on exams related to the readings. Sentence-level issues related to sentence structure and lexis. Limited to student admitted to UW with English language requirement. Offered: AWSp.
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The plan of the book is thoroughly original, if that term may be accorded to a novel, and skillful combination of elements exists in it. The treatise of Theophrastus may have furnished the concept, but it gave little more. With the ethical generalizations and social Dutch paintings accompanying his original, La Bruyère combined the peculiarities of the Montaigne Essais , of the Pensées , and Maximes of which Pascal and La Rochefoucauld are the masters respectively, and lastly of that peculiar seventeenth century product, the "portrait" or elaborate literary picture of the personal and mental characteristics of an individual. The result was quite unlike anything that had been seen previously, and, it has not been exactly reproduced since, although the essay of Addison and Steele resembles it very closely, especially in the introduction of fancy portraits.