Summer 2006

HUMS 620
Non-fiction Narratives: Research, Field Work, and Writing


07/17/2006 - 08/03/2006
Monday-Thursday 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Public Affairs Center 136

A course for teachers and writers, this course focuses on variations of research projects from the genre of true crime novels to case studies to memoirs to documentary projects to epic poetry with historical themes.

Readings will include excerpts of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Maggie Nelson's Jane: A Murder, Michel Foucault's I Pierre Riviere...; Kate Bornstein's Gender Outlaw, Ezra Pound's Cantos and shorter in-class hand-outs.

In addition to classroom discussions and exercises regarding research tools (the internet, library sources, interviews, and various forms of field work), each class member will choose a topic of interest to research during the course. Specific attention will be given to methods of organizing research materials, transformations of raw materials into narrative structures, and multi-genre possibilities for the non-fiction narrative from hypertext to film to poetry.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus

Lisa Jarnot (B.A. SUNY Buffalo; M.F.A. in creative writing, Brown University) is author of three books of poems: Some Other Kind of Mission (Burning Deck Press, 1996), Ring of Fire (Zoland Books, 2001 and Salt Publishers, 2003), and Black Dog Songs (Flood Editions, 2003). Her biography of the San Francisco poet Robert Duncan is forthcoming from University of California Press. She teaches at Long Island University, Bard College, and in Brooklyn College's MFA in creative writing program.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Kate Bornstein, GENDER OUTLAW (Vintage), Paperback

Truman Capote, IN COLD BLOOD (Vintage), Paperback

Michel Foucault, I, PIERRE RIVIERE (University of Nebraska Press), Paperback


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