Special Topics: A Poet's Tour of the Essay: Innovative, Aversive, and Engaged Prose|
"Do we read nonfiction in order to receive information or do we read it to experience art?" asks John D'Agata, noted writer and teacher. This seminar will tour creative nonfiction, looking at whether we as readers can find both information and art in the essay. We will read looking for the poetic and the "news we can use" in classic essays by Montaigne, Emerson and Baldwin, and in work written by contemporary writers, the late David Foster Wallace, John D'Agata, Tracy K. Smith, Eula Biss, Wayne Koestenbaum, and others. In addition, we will read short critical work that reflect on essays mutability, and how they meet our need to make sense of our selves and the world through memoir, letter, reflection, sketch and satire (and more).
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
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Montaigne, Emerson, Baldwin, Foster Wallace, D'Agata, Tracy K. Smith, Eula Biss, Lyn Hejinian, Wayne Koestenbaum, others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly reading assignments, responses and three short essays.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attend two panels sponsored by Wesleyan University English department visiting poets and writers' series.
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 course concurrently.
|Instructor(s): Hunt,Erica Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK312; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 6||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 8||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 0||FR: X|
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