Special Topics: The Use of Humor|
In this prose writing workshop, we will explore a variety of ways that humor can be deployed, in works ranging from the obviously comic, such as CÚsar Aira's novel THE LITERARY CONFERENCE (wacky hilarity) to works that might not be thought of as comic, such as Lynne Tillman's NO LEASE ON LIFE (jokes as a formal element in an otherwise grim fictional landscape), and Wayne Koestenbaum's HUMILIATION (a serious meditation with many funny examples and an antic voice). Other readings by Donald Barthelme, Renee Gladman, David Rakoff, Mary Robison, and Lynne Tillman. Students may write fiction or nonfiction; humor is optional.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
|Examination and Assignments: |
Four short writing assignments; one longer story or essay and a revision; an in-class presentation on one of the readings.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students are required to attend several events per semester with visiting writers (usually scheduled on Wednesday afternoons at 4:15 and evenings at 8:00 p.m.). To apply for this course, please submit 3-8 pages of creative writing and a statement of no more than 2 pages describing your interest in this course and any past history with creative writing. The application deadline is Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Please submit your materials electronically in a single attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use either Microsoft word or rich-text- format for your attachment. If you are applying to more than one POI creative writing course, you must indicate your order of preference. You will be notified electronically of the status of your application. Students may not take this course and another creative writing course concurrently.
This course contributes to the Creative Writing and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations of the English major.
|Instructor(s): Chase,Clifford Curtis Times: ...W... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: CRT285; |
|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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