Spring 2011

HUMS 611
New Forms/Old Forms: An Immersive Fiction and Poetry Reading and Writing Workshop

Bellen,Martine Rose

03/09/2011 - 03/13/2011
Note: Special Schedule 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Downey 100

Special Schedule: One-week immersion, March 9-13 (Wednesday-Sunday) 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Forms abound in our lives - from census forms to tax returns to report cards; today, we sometimes even fill out forms to make restaurant reservations! We are constantly telling the stories of our lives through forms--creating content from form. This course will investigate how form and forms can be used to draw from us innovative content and how renowned authors have used time-honored forms to tell the most contemporary of tales.

In New Forms/Old Forms, we will focus on short contemporary works--both fiction and poetry--that utilize old forms in new ways (and new forms too). Angela Carter and Robert Coover breathe fresh life and meaning into the fairytale. Aaron Shurin and Harryette Mullen reexamine Shakespeare's sonnets. From Greek mythology to credit card forms, forms that might have once seemed stuffy, antiquated, or inhibiting will be revisited in this class to reveal a cornucopia of reading and writing riches.

Texts will include work written by Angela Carter, Robert Coover, Rick Moody, Amy Hemple, Elaine Equi, Forrest Gander, Aaron Shurin, Harryette Mullen, Anne Carson, Ann Sexton, James Tate, Mark Strand, Russell Edson, Dawn Raffel, Italo Calvino, and others.

Grades will be based on attendance and participation, writing assignments and oral presentation.

Enrollment is limited to 18 students. This course is not open to auditors.

Immersion courses are worth three units of credit and are academically as rigorous as a regular term course, only the class meetings are compressed into a very short time. Students interested in immersion courses should be aware that the syllabus usually requires that students prepare for up to a month prior to the first class meeting and complete assignments in the weeks following the course. Please click here for more information about immersion courses.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is is Friday, January 28 at 5:00 pm. Please visit our website for a complete list of registration and withdrawal dates for this session.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
HUMS 611

Martine Bellen (B.A. Hunter College, M.F.A. Brown University) is the author of six collections of poetry, including The Vulnerability Of Order (Copper Canyon Press);Further Adventures Of The Monkey God (Spuyten Duyvil); and Tales Of Murasaki And Other Poems (Sun & Moon Press), which won the National Poetry Series Award. She has been awarded a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Fund for Poetry. Bellen is a contributing editor of the literary journal Conjunctions.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 16

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