Spring 2011

HUMS 627
Couples: Features of Plot, Place and Family

Greene,Anne F.

01/24/2011 - 04/29/2011
Monday 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Downey 100

Would you like practice in developing a plot or story line? in sketching character relationships or family history? This writing course invites you to explore the role of the couple (or the failed couple or the double) as a key dramatic element of stories. We also explore the uses of coupling as an element of form. The readings include, for example, essays and stories built on parallels or mirrored elements and braided essays that link material in surprising combinations.

The readings in this course include:

Fiction by Leo Tolstoy, Eudora Welty, John Cheever, Flannery O?Connor, Anne Beattie, Amy Bloom, Richard Bausch, Junot Diaz, Andre Dubus, Robert Stone, Denis Johnson, Edward P. Jones, Mary Gaitskill, Lorrie Moore, George Saunders, Sherman Alexie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Adam Haslett, ZZ Packer, Bharati Mukerjee, Nell Freudenberger, YiYun Li, Alice Munro, and others

Essays, profiles, and memoir by Adam Gopnick, Gay Talese, Chang-rae Lee, William Finnegan, J. Tanizaki, David Michaelis, Cheryl Strayed, Mark Doty, Maggie Nelson, Adrian Nicole, LeBlanc and others

Many of these pieces will be distributed as photocopies.

Books assigned include those listed below.

Several additional titles may be added.

This course is not open to auditors.

Writers of fiction and nonfiction are both welcome, and no previous writing experience is required. You are welcome to adjust the exercises to suit your own interests.

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


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:
ed. Richard Ford, GRANTA BOOK OF THE AMERICAN SHORT STORY, VOLUME ONE (2007), Granta Books

Leo Tolstoy, ANNA KARENINA, transl. Pevear and Volokhonsky, Penguin Classics

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, RANDOM FAMILY, Scribner YiYun Li, THE VAGRANTS

Maggie Nelson, JANE, Soft Skull Press

Mark Doty, STILL LIFE WITH OYSTERS AND LEMON, Beacon

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

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