Writing the War on Terror: Crafting Literary Responses to Fiction, Film, and Television after 9/11|
Spring 2021 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Writing Certificate|
In this interdisciplinary, mixed-genre writing seminar, students will create works of creative non-fiction--book and film reviews, op-ed pieces, and memoirs--and short fictional pieces as they explore the ways contemporary literature and film have depicted the post-9/11 War on Terror. They will watch documentaries by Laura Poitras, as well as Alex Gibney's We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks. They will read fiction by Mohsin Hamid, Elina Hirvonen, Deborah Eisenberg, and Martin Amis, and nonfiction prose by Dunya Mikhail, Pankaj Mishra, and George Packer. There will be a significant workshop component to this course. Students will focus on presenting their ideas in sophisticated, accessible prose, paying close attention to language, style, and syntax at the line and paragraph levels.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: ENGL292 OR ENGL296
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-Literature)(MUST-MN)
Mohsin Hamid, THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST Elina Hirvonen, WHEN I FORGOT Nadeem Aslam, THE BLIND MAN'S GARDEN Michel Houellebecq, SUBMISSION
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will complete frequent short writing assignments that will be workshopped by their peers. They will write reviews, op-eds, blogs, memoir, and journalistic profiles.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students of all backgrounds are welcome in this course, but you should have taken at least one course in Creative Writing (Techniques, Workshops, or Special Topics, in any genre), OR have some other relevant background in the study of literature or history. Students who haven't taken Techniques of Fiction/Techniques of Nonfiction can request a prerequisite override for instructor approval.
This course contributes to the Creative Writing concentration as a Special Topics course as well as the Theory & Literary Forms concentration of the English major.
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