W 4:00pm - 7:50pm
Longer Literary Forms This course offers a non-theoretical, specimen-oriented study of longer prose forms, viewing the challenges of composition from the perspective of the writer. Are there a set of common challenges faced by all prospective authors of book-length works of literature, whether novels or creative nonfiction? How do those authors’ formal decisions relate to the literary, political, and cultural contexts of their day, and to their own thematic obsessions? How are traditional genres and techniques adapted to fulfill individual or idiosyncratic ambitions, or to exploit radical technological innovations? We will be reading together seven or eight moderate-length texts. Requirements include a brief written response (of various sorts) to each, and a final project that focuses on a book of the student’s own choosing.
August 4, 2017 - 10:50pm