Along the Edge: Leonora Carrington

This interdisciplinary seminar will focus on Leonora Carrington. Students will be asked to respond to Carrington’s oeuvre both critically and creatively, writing essays, responses, and imaginative texts inspired by a close reading of Carrington’s idiosyncratic fiction and by studying her prints, drawings and paintings, which are part of the Princeton Art Museum’s permanent collection. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is recommended but not required, as we will also look at some of Carrington’s writing in the original languages of composition, and consider questions linguistic migration and experimentation.

Application required; Please submit a sample of prose and/or a brief statement of interest. First year students are encouraged to apply!



Over the course of the semester, students responded to Carrington’s complex oeuvre by writing essays, responses, and imaginative texts inspired by 1) a close reading of Carrington’s fiction and autobiographical writing and 2) studying, first-hand, her lithographs and paintings housed in Princeton University Art Museum’s permanent collection. As a final project, students wrote a brief essay responding to one of the ten artworks by Carrington which grace the Museum’s collection.

Read the student essays in response to the artworks on the Princeton University Art Museum’s website for the project »

Students enrolled in CWR209/ART223 for fall 2019 included Bhaamati Borkhetaria, Abigail Glickman, Reed Hutchinson, Rachel Kennedy, Alexander Krauel, Vail Linn, Jesus Martinez, Sonia Murthy, Marc Schorin, and Hanna Soulati.



Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:50 PM


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