Summer 2011

HUMS 623
The Experience of Time

Greene,Anne F.

07/04/2011 - 08/05/2011
Monday & Wednesday 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Downey 100

This writing course focuses on the way writers can represent complex experiences of time. Writers of both fiction and nonfiction need to be able to set up a chronology of events; suggest duration or change, continuity or discontinuity; define significant moments of experience; and reflect on the relation between the present and the past and future.



The readings, a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, include pieces by Maxine Hong Kingston, Bharati Mukherjee, Alice Munro, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tim O'Brien, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, George Orwell, William Finnegan, Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, and others.



Students are encouraged to adapt the assignments to suit their own interests, which might include the writing of fiction, memoir, biography, interviews, or family history.

The readings, a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, may include pieces by Maxine Hong Kingston, Bharati Mukherjee, Alice Munro, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tim O'Brien, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, George Orwell, William Finnegan, Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, and others.

Students are encouraged to adapt the assignments to suit their own interests, which might include the writing of fiction, memoir, biography, interviews, or family history.

The course includes readings for each class, short writing exercises in the early part of the course, and a longer piece in the later weeks. There will be ample time for revision. Students are encouraged to read at least half of Anna Karenina before the first class.

Enrollment is limited to 18 students.

This course is not open to auditors.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Wednesday, July 6 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 623


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.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear, trans.,Anna Karenina

Philip Lopate ed., The Art of the Personal Essay

Laura Furman ed.- O. Henry Prize Stories 2008

Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Mark Doty, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon

Tea Obreht, The Tiger's Wife

Vivian Gornick, Fierce Attachments

Reading Materials are available at BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 Broad Street, Middletown, 860-685-7323 Order your books online

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