This course provides students with valuable composition and speaking skills for academic and civic life. The course helps students frame a problem or question (historical, visual, and literary) to develop interpretations or arguments for oral presentation and in expository prose. Course readings focus on the way the discovery of the New World required late medieval and early modern writers to develop a new language to explore a new ontology or paradigm of reality. Course materials include travel literature, plays, and novels that complement the readings in Honors 211; the focus of this course however is on the process of academic writing, from the development of a thesis or arguable assertion through textual analysis and prewriting to the final draft, polished through extensive revision. Affiliate department: Honors.