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Distinguished Writers/New Voices
ENGL 271
Spring 2022
Section: 01  

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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode:
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-Literature)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

Last Updated on OCT-03-2023
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