Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


English 101 Section A16. Writing about Beauty

An old proverb reads “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” But if this statement is true, does it matter how we define beauty? Judging by fervent debates about beauty in and around advertising, celebrity culture, and social media, it would seem what counts as “beautiful,” and who defines it, is no objective matter. This course will focus on engaging with and expanding conceptions of beauty through works of nonfiction, film, art, and literature. Together we will identify and assess arguments made in these source materials, participate in discussions, and workshop our ideas. We will then develop strategies to plan, draft, and revise writing in response to critique and further research. By the end of the course, students will have developed an in-depth understanding of academic writing and an introduction to the practices that support critical thinking.