Special Topics: Improvisation--Collaborating with the Unknown|
Spring 2020 not offered
To improvise is to compose as one goes along, to arrange the unexpected, to make work from whatever materials and sources are at hand without previous planning. In this course, students will cultivate their relationships with what lies outside their realm of knowledge or experience in order to invent unforeseen but dynamic written works. We will study contemporary practitioners (e.g., poets, composers, essayists, dancers, and visual artists), who use found materials, somatic experiments, creative acts of translation, divination, and other innovative modes of improvisation to generate work. Together, while always keeping language close, we will create a forum in which bewilderment guides us. The class will culminate in an installation of creative writing projects spanning fields.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: ENGL292 OR ENGL296 OR ENGL216
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
Federico García Lorca, IN SEARCH OF DUENDE
Fred Moten, B JENKINS
Cecilia Vicuña, ABOUT TO HAPPEN
CA Conrad, BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON: NEW (SOMA)TICS
Jorinde Voigt, PIECES FOR WORDS AND VIEWS
Roland Barthes, A LOVERS DISCOURSE
Yoko Ono, GRAPEFRUIT
Renee Gladman, CALAMITIES
John Cage, SILENCE: LECTURES AND WRITINGS
Jill Sigman, TEN HUTS
Nathaniel Dorsky, DEVOTIONAL CINEMA
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There will be weekly creative presentations on the artists we study, in-class improvisation experiments, as well as class discussions and workshops of one another¿s creative work. The class will culminate in an installation of creative projects spanning fields as well as a final reflective essay or artist statement.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students of all backgrounds are welcome in this course, but you should have taken at least one course in Creative Writing (Techniques, Workshops, or Special Topics, in any genre), OR have some other relevant background in the study of literature or the arts. Students who haven't taken a Creative Writing course can request a prerequisite override for instructor approval.
This course contributes to the Creative Writing concentration as a Special Topics course as well as the Theory & Literary Forms concentration of the English major.
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