Special Topics: Writing Lives|
Spring 2015 not offered
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)
Authors studied may include: Hilton Als, Adina Hoffman, Michael Holroyd, Wayne Koestenbaum, Nell Irwin Painter, Lytton Strachey, Jean Strouse, Virginia Woolf, and others.
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Assignments will include short exercises, a long profile and revision, short response papers, a class presentation, and a final portfolio of all work submitted.
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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.
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.
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