Special Topics: Writing Lives|
In this course you will read profiles, biographies, and theories of biography; you will develop an understanding of the history of the genre; and you will begin to write in this genre yourself. Throughout the semester, we will ask: Where might a biographical portrait begin, and how does it evolve? What constitutes evidence of a life? What are the details that make someone come alive on the page? What kinds of research are necessary? What gets left out? What are the ethics of a writer's relationship to his or her subject, and how does that relationship inform the portrait?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-Literature)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
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Authors studied may include: Hilton Als, Adina Hoffman, Michael Holroyd, Wayne Koestenbaum, Nell Irwin Painter, Lytton Strachey, Jean Strouse, Virginia Woolf, and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Assignments will include short exercises, a long profile and revision, short response papers, a class presentation, and a final portfolio of all work submitted.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students of all backgrounds are welcome in this course, but students should have taken at least one course in Creative Writing (Techniques, Workshops, or Special Topics, in any genre); or have a comparable background in the study of the history of the novel, in narrative theory, or in historical narrative. To be admitted to this course, please submit a POI request and email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, November 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM with the following information: 1) your name, email address, year in school, major (if any), some of your favorite writers and any other influences; 2) a short autobiographical statement (a paragraph) describing your interest in biography and your background in creative writing or how you are otherwise qualified; 3) if you are applying to more than one upper-level creative writing course, you must indicate where this course falls in your order of preference. Please submit this information electronically in a single attachment. Please use either Microsoft Word or rich-text-format. You will be notified electronically of the status of your application by the end of preregistration. Late submissions will be accepted up to 4:00PM on January 24, 2013 should seats remain available.
Meetings with and readings by visiting writers may be an additional element of the course.
This course contributes to the Theory & Literary Forms and Creative Writing concentrations for the English major.
|Instructor(s): Cohen,Lisa Times: ..T.... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: DWNY100; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 15
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|
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