Imitating Italians

A beginning fiction workshop designed to introduce students to the craft of imitation as a point of creative departure. Reading the works of a series of contemporary Italian masters — Alberto Moravia, Cesare Pavese, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedeusa, Natalia Ginzburg, Italo Calvino, Antonio Tabucchi, Giorgio Bassani, among others — we will experiment with a range of techniques, styles, and themes. Echoing the voices of these authors, composing weekly exercises, we will strive to locate and articulate our own. All readings will be in translation.

Application required.

Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly writing and reading assignments. 30-70 pages of reading per week.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Interested students complete an application and include a writing sample of 3-4 pages of fiction. No prerequisites. Application deadline is November 22, 2016. This course is not open to Graduate Students.




Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4:20 pm


Jhumpa Lahiri