Creative Criticism and Inquiry: Writing Documentary Nonfiction and Poetry|
Spring 2015 not offered
As readers we often assume an inherent distinction between critical and creative forms of writing. In this class we will bridge such a divide by designing and completing semester-long creative nonfiction or poetry-based writing projects that incorporate archival research from Wesleyan's renowned Special Collections and Archives. We will read creative and critical texts that engage archival research in distinct ways, but much of the emphasis of the course will be on your own research and reading in the archives, as well as your work as a writer experimenting with different forms to incorporate this research into your writing. In class, we will collaborate as a group to assist with writing and revision through workshops and peer critique, in addition to discussions of reading.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Cole Swensen, GREENSWARD
Anne Carson, NOX
Marianne Moore, excerpts from poems and letters
Brenda Hillman, FROM PIECES OF AIR IN THE EPIC AND PRACTICAL WATER
Donna Stonecipher, THE COSMOPOLITAN
Susan Howe, MY EMILY DICKINSON
Selected nonfiction: excerpts from biographies, nonfiction articles, and other nonfiction texts that use archival research
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Assignments will include the design and completion of a semester-long nonfiction or poetry writing project involving Wesleyan's Special Collections and Archives, as well as possible short preliminary writing pieces.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
To apply, please submit a short autobiographical statement describing your background in creative writing and interest in the course along with your major or field(s) of interest and year. Please send this statement by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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