COML 1139

COML 1139

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

In this course, we will read works of literary, cultural, music, art, and film criticism aimed at a popular audience, from a range of magazines and other publications. We will discuss what makes a successful work of criticism, why we read criticism, and how criticism has changed over time. All readings will be essay length, by authors including George Orwell, Zadie Smith, and Joan Didion. Writing assignments will include analysis of works of criticism and then criticism in practice, when you apply what we have learned and write and revise a critical essay on a topic of your choice. 

When Offered Fall, Spring.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 19062 COML 1139   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at