Special Topics: The Use of Humor|
Spring 2015 not offered
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|
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Four short writing assignments; one longer story or essay and a revision; an in-class presentation on one of the readings.
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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 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.
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