Senior Seminar in Advanced Creative Writing: The Literary Manifesto|
This seminar is the required capstone course for qualifying seniors who wish to complete Wesleyan's Writing Certificate Program. In spring 2012, the senior seminar will explore theories spun by writers about the role of mood and emotional effect in prose and poetry. In pursuing this theme, we will ask, What impels writers to form literary schools and to air literary manifestos? Seminar participants will write original works of prose or poetry, borrowing techniques from writings studied in class. Students will discuss techniques advocated by Edgar Allan Poe for evoking "emotional effect" in verse and short fiction. Next, the class will read Baudelaire's poetry and his essays on Poe; examine Jean Moréas' "Symbolist Manifesto"; read French symbolist poetry; and discuss symbolist techniques for evoking mood in verse and prose poems. Thereafter, the class will read André Breton's "Surrealist Manifesto" and discuss theories of the unconscious propounded by 1920s French and Spanish surrealists. We will conclude by reading Jorge Luis Borges' "Ultra Manifesto" and fiction by authors affiliated with the Latin American Boom who were influenced by surrealism. At the end of the semester students will write a literary "manifesto" that sets forth principles for founding a new literary school. A central purpose of this seminar is to create a sense of community and camaraderie among graduating Wesleyan writers. To this end, students will share their work in both seminar workshops and a public reading. Participants also will assemble a portfolio of their best work produced over their four years at Wesleyan.
Designing, Creating, and Realizing, Writing
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
SELECTED PROSE BY: Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Andre Breton, Edgar Allan Poe, Julio Cortazar, Italo Calvino, Jean Moreas, Luisa Valenzuela.
SELECTED POETRY BY: Rafael Alberti, Guillaume Apollinaire, Antonin Artaud, Andre Breton, Paul Éluard, Gabriel García Lorca, Stéphane Mallarmé,Pablo Neruda, Ezra Pound, Arthur Rimbaud, and William Butler Yeats.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Portfolio of selected pieces (for all students); and completion of a new 15-20 page work of prose (for prose writers) or a series of poems (for poets) and five short assignments.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration. Register through your Electronic Portfolio during pre-registration or during the spring Drop-Add period.
|Instructor(s): Sharp,Paula Times: .....F. 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: TBA|
|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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