Section Information for Spring 2017
Framed by Gaston Bachelard’s Poetic of Space, this course will be a consideration of ways in which encountering a multitude of spaces may invigorate writing. “Art, then, is an increase of life, a sort of competition of surprises that stimulates our consciousness and keeps it from becoming somnolent,” writes Bachelard; likewise, this course will strive toward the exploration of spaces, interior and exterior. Open to prose writers and poets, the course will combine class discussion (focused variously: on architecture, on silence, on shadows, on huts, on memory, on bridges, on dream) and weekly workshops, as well as a presentation of a final project. Texts will likely include: Gaston Bachelard, Lisa Robertson, Ronald Johnson, Gustaf Sobin, Suzanne Buffam, and Jun'ichirō Tanizaki.
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Non-MFA students seeking permission must submit manuscript of original written work in appropriate genre. Various sections offer work in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, each focusing in different ways on the practices and the craft development of writers. Numerous writing assignments mixed with reading followed by careful analytical and craft discussions.
Assignments vary with genre and specific topic. May be taken concurrently with ENGH 564, 565, 566.