Distinguished Writers/New Voices|
Students will read a range of nonfiction and fiction as well as works by writers visiting Wesleyan for our reading series. The class will survey past and contemporary American authors who have successfully captured the artistic, social, and political stakes of the world they inhabit. We will juxtapose literary generations ("distinguished writers" and "new voices"), examine their legacies and ruptures, and explore topics such as the voice, positionality, identity, gender, and the archive. Readings include pieces by well-known writers ranging from Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, George Orwell, Joan Didion, Claudia Rankine, Cathy Park Hong, Teju Cole, Anne Boyer, Valeria Luiselli, Robin Wall Kimmerer. On several Wednesdays throughout the semester, critically acclaimed and award-winning authors will be reading on campus. You are required to attend and respond to these readings. We will prepare for these authors' visits by reading selections of their work.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: |
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-Literature)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
See authors listed above.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Discussion and close reading of assigned texts. Short written responses to in-class assignments, a long-form personal essay, creative pieces, as well as a collaborative group project. The final portfolio includes a revised longer piece as well as three revised assignments. All stories and essays should be original work written during the term. The portfolio comprises 40% of the final grade.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular attendance and active participation in class discussion are essential. This means arriving on time with all the relevant course materials (readings and assignments). It also means asking questions, expressing opinions, and respectfully responding to your classmates' work. Three or more absences may result in failure of the course. Participation, attendance, and preparation comprise 40% of your final grade.
Professor Pfister will be acting on enrollment requests for this course but is not the instructor.
|Instructor(s): Arsanios,Mirene Times: .....F. 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: FISK413; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 20||SR major: 2||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 10||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 5||FR: 0|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 0||1st Ranked: 0||2nd Ranked: 0||3rd Ranked: 0||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 0|