Fall 2006
Fully Enrolled

HUMS 623
Braiding Past and Present, a Writing Course

Greene,Anne F.

09/11/2006 - 12/16/2006
Monday 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM

Downey 100

This course explores ways of representing on the page our experiences of past and present, and particularly the ways that different time periods are braided together in our thinking. Readings include nonfiction in several forms--memoir, personal essays, and travel sketches, for example--as well as short fiction and novels. Among the authors whose work we will read, are Oliver Sacks, Jonathan Franzen, Charles Bowden, Jonathan Lethem, James Joyce, Chang-rae Lee, and Lawrence Sterne.

Writing exercises offer a chance to play with the structure and form of a piece, and are useful for people interested in writing short stories, a novel, or nonfiction (such as family history, personal essays, memoir, narrative nonfiction, or travel pieces). Students who have a project in progress may work on it in place of the course assignments.

Both new writers and experienced writers are welcome.

Anne Greene (B.A. Radcliffe College, M.A. Brandeis University) is adjunct professor of English, director of writing programs, and director of the Wesleyan Writers Conference. She was awarded the 2006 Binswanger prize for excellence in teaching. Click here for more information about Anne Greene.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Mark Doty, STILL LIFE WITH OYSTERS AND LEMONS (Beacon Press), Paperback

Primo Levi, PERIODIC TABLE (Shocken Books), Paperback

Phillip Lopate, THE ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY (Anchor Books), Paperback

Sue Miller, BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, 2002 (Houghton-Mifflin), Paperback

Susan Orlean, BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2005 (Houghton Mifflin), Paperback

W.G. Sebald, THE EMMIGRANTS (New Directions), Paperback


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