Special Topics: Writing Lives|
Fall 2016 not offered
In this course, you will read profiles, biographies, and theories of biography. We will consider, primarily, British biographical traditions and U.S. revisions of the genre. As we analyze these attempts to capture a life and to define the problems and expand the possibilities this form, you will work on your own biographical writing. Throughout the semester, we will ask: Whose lives get written, and by whom? What constitutes evidence of a life, according to whom--and what gets left out? What kinds of research are necessary? How does a writer's relationship to her subject inform such a portrait, and what are the ethics of that relationship?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-Literature)
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Assignments will include short exercises, response papers, a long revision, and a final portfolio of all work submitted. We will review your work collectively throughout the semester.
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Students of all backgrounds are welcome in this course, but you should have taken at least one course in Creative Writing (Techniques, Workshops, or Special Topics, in any genre), OR have some other relevant background in the study of literature or history. To be admitted to this course, please submit a POI request on Wesmaps and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday April 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. 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 statement (a paragraph or two) describing your interest in biography and your background in creative writing or other qualifications; 3) if you are applying to more than one POI creative writing course, you must indicate in list form your order of preference for those courses. Please submit this information electronically in a single attachment to the email using 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.
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