Class, Wed, 4/12

Voice in Intellectual Writing

I’d like us to spend our time in class today thinking about how a writer can project a sense of voice or presence in their prose—even when they are writing about texts, or ideas, or events they were not part of.

  • Please reread the first section of Nathan Heller’s “The Big Uneasy“. See if you can identify at least three passages where you feel you “hear” Heller speaking? What terms would you use to describe his voice.
  • Then reread the second section of Wiman’s “I Will Love You in the Summertime” (where he talks about the poem by Anna Kamienska. Do the same thing as before: Identify three passages where you “hear” Wiman, and come up with some terms to describe his voice.

X6: Class Picks

To Do

  1. Thurs, 4/13, 10:00 am: Post X4 to your individual folder on Google Drive.
  2. Fri, 4/14, class: Read the essays posted by Emily and Eric.
  3. Mon, 4.17, class: Read the essays posted by Alaina, Braci, and Charlotte.
  4. Tues, 4/18: 10:00 am: Post R4 to your Group folder. (I may delay this assignment to Thurs, 4/20.)



About Joe Harris

I teach composition, creative nonfiction, and digital writing at the University of Delaware.
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