Special Topics: The Representation of Work in Fiction|
Spring 2014 not offered
Among the most common pieces of advice established fiction writers give to new ones is to "write what you know." One thing that people tend to know a great deal about is their jobs, and yet the detailed treatment of work--other than police work--in fiction is unusual. In this course, we study the way that European and American novelists of the 19th and 20th centuries depict work and write about work ourselves.
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Anton Chekhov, WARD SIX
Edwidge Danticat, NEW YORK DAY WOMEN
Ralph Ellison, THE INVISIBLE MAN (excerpt)
Henry Green, LIVING
Franz Kafka, selected stories
Herman Melville, BARTLEBY, MOBY DICK (excerpt)
Alice Munro, selected stories
Frank Norris, THE OCTOPUS: A STORY OF CALIFORNIA (excerpt)
George Orwell, KEEP THE ASPIDISTRA FLYING
John Steinbeck, IN DUBIOUS BATTLE
Colson Whitehead, THE INTUITIONIST
Emile Zola, L'ASSOMMOIR (excerpt)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two short stories, weekly two-page critical reader's responses, written responses to other students' creative work.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
To apply to this course, please submit either a short story you have written in the last year or, if you haven't written any, an informal statement of no more than two pages describing your history with and interest in fiction writing. The application deadline is November 10, 2010 at 5 p.m. Please submit your materials electronically in a single attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use either Microsfot word or rich-text-format for your attachment. Applying students will be notified of the status of their applications by email.
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