Special Topics: Writing Lives|
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)(ENGL-Literature)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
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Authors studied may include: Hilton Als, Adina Hoffman, Michael Holroyd, Wayne Koestenbaum, Nell Irwin Painter, Lytton Strachey, Jean Strouse, Virginia Woolf, and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Assignments will include short exercises, a long profile and revision, short response papers, a class presentation, and a final portfolio of all work submitted.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Meetings with and readings by visiting writers may be an additional element of the course.
Students of all backgrounds are welcome in this course, but ideally you should have taken at least one course in Creative Writing (Techniques, Workshops, or Special Topics, in any genre)¿ or have a background in the study of the history of the novel, in narrative theory, or in historical narrative. To apply for this course, please submit the following information: 1) your name, email address, year in school, major (if any), this course number, 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. The application deadline is Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at 5 p.m. Please submit your materials electronically in a single attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Heading "POI Application-ENGL360." Please use either Microsoft Word or rich text format for your attachment, with the file name: "Last Name-First Initial-Course Number" (e.g. Smith-J-ENGL360.docx). You will be notified electronically of the status of your application during Adjustment.
Students may not take this course and another creative writing course concurrently.
|Instructor(s): Cohen,Lisa Times: ..T.... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK412; |
|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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