Special Topics: The Beats and Their Discontents|
Spring 2018 not offered
|Course Cluster: Urban Studies|
Without a doubt, three important, foundational works of the Beat movement threaten to stand in for all others. In this class we will do time with the better-known HOWL and ON THE ROAD and NAKED LUNCH, but we will also invest in more contemporary memories and the continuing practices of those days of post-World War II America, when "a group of friends worked together on poetry, prose, and cultural consciousness" (Ginsberg). We will work likewise, in a variety of forms, assessing their moment and writing out our own.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
ed. Anne Waldman, THE BEAT BOOK: WRITINGS FROM THE BEAT GENERATION
Allen Ginsberg, HOWL
Jack Kerouac, ON THE ROAD
William S. Burroughs, NAKED LUNCH
Hettie Jones, HOW I BECAME HETTIE JONES
Bhanu Kapil, INCUBATION: A SPACE FOR MONSTERS
|Examination and Assignments: |
Short critical and creative responses to each week's reading assignment¿ three presentations of work developed within the context of the class.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Meetings with and readings by visiting writers may be an additional element of the course.
To apply for this course, please submit either 3 to 8 pages of creative writing or a statement of no more than 2 pages describing your interest in this course and any past history with creative writing; please include your name, class year, and the number of this course. The application deadline is the first day of Pre-Registration at 5 p.m. If you are applying to more than one upper level creative writing course, you must list them all and indicate your order of preference. Please submit your materials electronically in a single attachment to email@example.com with the Subject Heading "POI Application-ENGL306." 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-ENGL306.docx). You will be notified electronically of the status of your application by the end of the Planning Period.
Students may not take this course and another creative writing course concurrently.