Special Topics: Plot|
Fall 2017 not offered
In this special topics course, we will study classic and contemporary novels, stories, and television dramatic series that immerse the reader and viewer in an absorbing fictional plot. Our priorities will be close reading and watching for the pleasure and enlightenment of the works as wholes, as well as an examination of the choices storytellers make to snag our imaginations, drag them into a fictional world, and keep them there. The study will culminate in new creative work: short stories you will write and the class will critique in a workshop setting.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: ENGL292 OR ENGL296
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
Course texts will include novels and stories by such writers as ZZ Packer, Don DeLillo, Patricia Highsmith, Muriel Spark, Guy de Maupassant, Julio Cortázar, and Haruki Murakami; films by such directors as Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni; and the television dramatic series, DEADWOOD
|Examination and Assignments: |
Students will keep a weekly reading journal, compose creative exercises, and write a full-length work of original short fiction.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Meetings with and readings by visiting writers may be an additional element of the course. Students may not take this course and another creative writing workshop concurrently.
This course contributes to the Creative Writing and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations of the English major.