Engaging in a supportive, learning centered environment in keeping with the goals of Rowan University, the College of Communication and Creative Arts, and the Writing Arts department, students in this course will rigorously study the figural dimension of conventional language use within a variety of genres.
The intention for this course is for students to discover for themselves a new relationship to language as figural, leaving each student with an expanded writerly repertoire they are free to deploy within a variety of genres of writing.
Through acquiring a basic taxonomy of figures of speech and thought, and an understanding of the function of stylistic choices within a range of contexts and audiences, students will:
From Alan Watts: The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
We also speak of attention as noticing. To notice is to select, to regard some bits of perception, or some features of the world, as more noteworthy, more significant, than others. To these we attend, and the rest we ignore—for which reason conscious attention is at the same time ignore-ance (i.e., ignorance) despite the fact that it gives us a vividly clear picture of whatever we choose to notice. Physically, we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch innumerable features that we never notice. You can drive thirty miles, talking all the time to a friend. What you noticed, and remembered, was the conversation, but somehow you responded to the road, the other cars, the traffic lights, and heaven knows what else, without really noticing, or focussing your mental spotlight upon them. So too, you can talk to someone at a party without remembering, for immediate recall, what clothes he or she was wearing, because they were not noteworthy or significant to you. Yet certainly your eyes and nerves responded to those clothes. You saw, but did not really look.