ENGL 581 A: The Creative Writer As Critical Reader

Creative Writer as Critical Reader

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TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
PAR 212
Headshot of David Shields
David Shields

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The novel is dead; long live the anti-novel, built from scraps.
I'm not interested in collage as the refuge of the compositionally disabled.
I'm interested in collage as--to be honest--an evolution beyond narrative.
A great painting comes together, just barely.
It may be that nowadays in order to move us, abstract pictures need, if not humor, then at least some admission of their own absurdity-expressed in genuine awkwardness or in an authentic disorder.
These fragments I have shored against my ruins.
Collage is the primary art form of the twenty-first century.
Carson, "Essay on the Difference between Women and Men”; Duras, The Lover; Dillard, For the Time Being; Fusselman, The Pharmacist's Mate; Galeano, The Book of Embraces; Manguso, The Guardians; Markson, This Is Not a Novel; Michaels, "Joural"; Nelson, Bluets; Shields, Reality Hunger; Trow, Within the Context of No Context; Wenderoth, Letters to Wendy's.
Oral presentations. Response papers. 15-page collage.

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March 16, 2016 - 11:01am