New Writing Course/ Tutorial: Creative Criticism and Inquiry

Pre-reg results getting you down? Never fear! There’s an exciting new course being offered in the spring – a great opportunity to think about writing, and to write some genre-bending stuff of your own. Creative and critical writers and readers, check it out! Interested? Please email kthorpe@wes by Monday, December 5th to express interest and sign up.

Creative Criticism and Inquiry: Engl 492, Group Tutorial

Thursday, 1:10-4:00 PM

To be offered by: Kate Thorpe (Teagle Fellow) with Professor Anne Greene

As readers we often assume an inherent distinction between critical and creative forms of writing. In this class we will bridge this divide by asking how texts from a variety of critical and creative disciplines engage voice as a means of communication with a reader. We’ll investigate the use of voice in genres that are both critical and creative, within and outside of academia, including the novel, memoir, anthropology, journalism, literary nonfiction and poetry, and by way of such discussion consider how critical and creative texts inform each other. Writing a longer sequence of poems or a nonfiction essay will allow students to apply questions of voice to their own writing: how does establishing a voice also develop, deepen, and complicate content as well as form?

Assignments will include several informal poetic and nonfiction pieces and a longer writing project (12-15 pages), as well as occasional brief responses and reflections.

Readings include, among other texts: The Bowery Project (Brenda Coultas), Lolita (Nabokov), Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Claudia Rankine), The Journalist and the Murderer (Janet Malcolm)and The Art of Cruelty (Maggie Nelson) as well as selections from Elizabeth Kolbert, Donna Haraway, Charles Dickens, Upton Sinclair, Gertrude Stein, Lisa Robertson, Mark Nowak, and Muriel Rukeyser.

Kate Thorpe ’06 has returned to Wesleyan in a two-year Teagle Fellowship position in the Writing Programs. She received an M.F.A. in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has recently returned from a Fulbright scholarship in Germany, where she researched the transformation of post-industrial architecture through art as material for a poetic manuscript. Her poems have recently appeared in Court Green, American Letters & Commentary, Volt, WSQ and Free Verse, among other journals.

Interested? Please email by Monday, December 5th to express interest and sign up.

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