Welcome to the official web site of Dr. Epps's 3rd and 7th period Language Arts IIA Odyssey classes for the week of October 29-November 1, 2001.
This week we will begin our study of the personal essay, starting with a look at the genre as defined by Philip Lopate in the introduction to The Art of the Personal Essay,an influential anthology that surveys the essay form from the time of Seneca and Sei Shonagon, through the important essays of Montaigne and the great eighteenth-century English essayists (Addison, Steele, Lamb, etc.), down to the present day (Wole Soyinka, Gore Vidal, and Annie Dillard). In our text we will read essays by Gary Soto, Malcolm X, Frank McCourt, Barry Lopez, Stephen King, and others; the unit will culminate with a reading and discussion of Frank McCourt's award-winning memoir, Angela's Ashes.
Since we will be studying the personal essay during the final six weeks of this semester, we will also be writing personal essays and polishing our own styles as essayists.
A really good recent book about writing, whether fiction or nonfiction, is Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Part autobiography, part advice, this highly readable book is available at the public library, at Pic-A-Book, and at Barnes & Noble. I also have a copy I will lend out for a couple of days at a time.
Richard Chess, associate professor and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies and the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Asheville, will read from his work at 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday, October 30th, in Cleveland Hall Alumnae House at Converse. Looking ahead, Pam Durban, a writer of short stories and novels, will appear at Wofford in the Lecture/Cinema Room of the Campus Life Building, at 7:30 on Tuesday, November 7th. On November 13th poet Susan Ludvigson and her husband, novelist Scott Ely, will read at Converse, also at 7:30 and also in Cleveland Hall.
SHS Guidance Dept. now has information and application forms for the summer session of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.