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Special Topics: Improvisation--Collaborating with the Unknown

ENGL 386
Fall 2018
Section: 01  
Certificates: Writing

To improvise is to compose as one goes along, to arrange the unexpected, to make work from whatever materials and sources are at hand without previous planning. In this course, students will cultivate their relationships with what lies outside their realm of knowledge or experience in order to invent unforeseen but dynamic written works. We will study contemporary practitioners (e.g., poets, composers, essayists, dancers, and visual artists), who use found materials, somatic experiments, creative acts of translation, divination, and other innovative modes of improvisation to generate work. Together, while always keeping language close, we will create a forum in which bewilderment guides us. The class will culminate in an installation of creative writing projects spanning fields.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: ENGL292 OR ENGL296 OR ENGL216
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

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