Writing Contemporary Narratives
06/27/2005 - 08/10/2005
Monday & Wednesday 05:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Public Affairs Center 421
This writing course invites students to examine assorted pieces of contemporary fiction and non-fiction on thematic, stylistic and organizational features that make this recent work distinctive. We will consider the problems of voice (and how to establish one, or several, in your own work). We will also think about how stories engaged the reader; the problematic "I;" the effects of gaps, silences, and white space; the uses of surprise, including photographs; the weaving of apparently unrelated material into a braided piece; and links to place and history.
Readings include selections from the Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays and pieces by writers ranging from Charles Dickens and George Orwell to W. G. Sebald, Charles Bowden, Anne Fadiman, Annie Dillard, William Finnegan, Alexander Chee, Amitav Ghosh, Alice Munro, Akhil Sharma, Chris Offutt, Alice Sebold, Zadie Smith, and Ian McEwan.
Writing exercises invite students to try nonfiction or fiction in various forms. Students who have pieces in progress are also welcome. Assignments can be adapted to suit each student's interests.
No previous writing background is required.
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
|Level: GLSP||Credits: 3||Enrollment Limit: 18|
Texts to purchase for this course:
Robert Atwan, BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2004 (Houghton Mifflin), Paperback
Linh Dinh, BLOOD AND SOAP (Seven Stories Press), Paperback
Pico Iyer, BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2004 (Houghton Mifflin), Paperback
Jhumpa Lahiri, INTERPRETER OF MALADIES (Maladies), Paperback
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, RANDOM FAMILY (Scribner), Paperback
W.G. Sebald, THE EMIGRANTS (New Directions), Paperback
Tobias Wolff, VINTAGE BOOK OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN SHORT STORIES (Vintage), Paperback
Virginia Woolf, MRS. DALLOWAY (Harvest Books), Paperback
READING MATERIALS AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323
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