Fall 2016 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Although this is a graduate course in intermediate writing, it will emphasize exploring the relation between form and personal and cultural history in your work. Students will be asked to think about how the their writing both creates and interacts within a particular social and cultural milieu and how the writer represents and recreates his or her culture within the fictive space. How do we begin to identify the complex uses of culture and communal history? How does the form of language, dialogue, and the vernacular create a specificity of material experience? Is there such a thing as â€œauthenticâ€ cultural reproduction? What sorts of conventions are expected in the multicultural text? We will attempt to answer these questions while focusing on our own creative responses to these issues. Rather than simply reading these texts as objects to be investigated, we will respond by writing fiction that orients us via our own cultural, regional, communal, historical, and linguistic backgrounds.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will write two original stories to be workshopped. We will read some theory on identity formation and you will be prompted to write in response to the readings. In addition, you will give critiques of all stories workshopped by your fellow students. There will be multiple exercises involving interviewing family members and research which results in a presentation outlining your cultural/family history. I expect this course to enrich your ability to bring authenticity to your work.