Class, Wed, 4/11

e2: Schedule (one last time)

e2: Working drafts: Getting beyond, “It’s clear and you seem like a nice person.” (C+)

Trade pages with the person next you. Read through the page you’ve been given with the aim of describing the other person’s style as a writer. As you do, keep in mind some of the terms we’ve used so far in talking about style:

  • Hypotactic and paratactic
  • Writerly and conversational
  • Strunk and White/Orwell/Fish/Woolf/Weathers

Jot down some notes about your impression of the other person’s style. Chat with them about what you see and hear on the page.

x9: Positioning yourself as a writer in relation to Woolf

  • Rebecca, “Virginia Woolf and the Off Beaten Path”
  • Lia, “A Man and a Woman Walk into a Bar: _________ Fill in the Blank”
  • Shannon, “Crossroads: Looking Forward, Behind, and Around”

As theorists of style, how do the authors describe Woolf’s approach to writing?

As fellow writers, how do the authors position themselves in relation to Woolf? What aspects of her style do they adopt, tweak, or resist?

If terms of gender seem problematic to use in discussing style, what other terms might we use to describe the distinctive qualities of Woolf’s approach?

To Do

  1. Thurs, 4/12, 9:00 am: Post e2.d1 <lastname e2.d1.docx> to group folder on Dropbox.
  2. Mon, 4/16, class: Workshop e2.d1. Post responses (x10) to group folder and bring print copies with you to class.
  3. Tues, 4/17, 1:00 pm: Email x11, revision plan, to me.
  4. Wed, 4/18, class: Working session; discuss x11, revise e2


Class, Mon, 4/09

Questions/concerns about e2

Winston Weathers

Some devices of Grammar B

  • Crots (14)
  • Labyrinthine sentences and fragments (16)
  • Lists (20)
  • Double voicing (23)
  • Repetition (28)
  • Linguistic variety (32)
  • Synchronicity (35)
  • Collage/montage (37)

Sandeep Prasanna, “TXT/SPK Diglossia”

  • What is Sandeep’s take on Weathers? What does he add to Grammar B?
  • Exercise: Turn a brief passage from Sandeep’s essay into a crot (or several).

Gertrude Stein, “On Punctuation”

  • Grammar C?


To Do

  1. Wed, 4/11, class: Title and one good page of e2; discuss x9
  2. Thurs, 4/12, 9:00 am: Post e2.d1 to group folder on Dropbox
  3. Mon, 4/16, class: Responses to e2.d1 (r10); workshops


Class, Wed, 4/04

Subject/Slant for e2

Writing Like Woolf

  • Our Map of Chapter One
  • Chapters Four to Six

Fastwrite: Find two passages in these chapters—one in which Woolf impresses or convinces you, in which her voice as a writer seems clear and sure, and another in which she seems to you to struggle a bit, to strain to persuade. Based on these two passages, how would you define Woolf’s own style as a writer? Is it womanly? Man-womanly? Something else altogether?

To Do

  1. Friday, 4/06, 9:00 am: Post x9 to Dropbox
  2. Mon, 4/09, class: Discuss Weathers; begin serious work on e2
  3. Wed, 4/11, class: Discuss x9
  4. Thurs, 4/12, 9:00 am: Post e2.d1 to group folder on Dropbox

Class, Mon, 4/02

x9: Style and Gender

Mapping the First Chapter of A Room of One’s Own

But in order to make some amends I am going to do what I can to show you how I arrived at this opinion about the room and the money. (Woolf 4)

¶1 (pp. 2–4)

  • Subject: What is it about?
  • Slant: What does Woolf have to say about the topic? What’s her perspective?
  • Method: How does she develop her “train of thought”?
  • Tone: What stance does she take toward her readers?

Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge

In pairs: Please draft a couple of sentence in which you address the above questions in relation to the passage you’ve been assigned. Also, try to situate the passage you’re working with in the context of the chapter. How does it pick up on what has been said right before it and how does it lead into what follows? Please email the sentences to me.

  • ¶ 2–4 (pp. 5–8): Becca & Lia
  • ¶5 (pp. 8–10): Rebecca & Anna
  • ¶6–8 (pp. 10–13): Avery & Shannon
  • ¶9–11 (pp. 13–17): Alex & Kate
  • ¶12 (pp.17–20): Deb, Ben, & John
  • ¶13–14 (pp. 20–24): Whole class

Newnham College, Cambridge

To Do

  1. Wed, 4/04, class: Finish Woolf
  2. Wed, 4/04, class: Subject (text) and slant for e2
  3. Friday, 4/06, 9:00 am: Post x9 to Dropbox

Class, Wed, 3/28

x8: Subordinating and Additive Styles

  • Becca Gil, “Subordinate, or Hypotactic, vs. Additive and Conversational Writing”
  • Anna Lamb, “The Greeks Had Style”
  • Ben Schwab, “Plan the Structured . . . and the Spontaneous?”


  1. How well does the writer understand and apply the lessons taught by (a) Stanley Fish, and (b) the sentences they quote and analyze?
  2. Where does the writer make interesting use of hypotaxis or parataxis in her or his own prose?
  3. Point to some interesting sentences that are neither hypotactic or paratactic, or that are both.
  4. Point to a passage that you’d say is characteristic of the writer’s—Becca, Anna, Ben—own style. How would you describe that style?

x9: Gender and Style

To Do

  1. Mon, 4/02, class: Read Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, chapters 1–3
  2. Wed, 4/04, class: Finish Woolf
  3. Fri, 4/06, 9:00 am: Post x9 to Dropbox