How do writers manipulate language to suit context, audience, and purpose? What kinds of texts lend themselves to multiple interpretations? Why is it important to understand shades of meaning in words, phrases, and whole texts? In the context of seventeenth through twenty-first century fiction and nonfiction texts, students examine point of view, structure, and authors word choice, exploring how these elements work together to achieve specific purposes. Students apply what they learn to their own written responses to the texts they read and analyze in the course.