The curriculum allows the student to develop writing skills, provides an introduction to the possibilities of contemporary literature and offers a perspective on the place of literature among the liberal arts. Criticism by practicing writers and talented peers encourages the student’s growth as both creator and reader of literature.
CWR 203-05: Writing the Uncanny
From Edgar Allan Poe to Carmen Maria Machado, writers have turned to the fantastical to express and critique the joys, agonies, and mystery of being human. This course looks closely at short stories that employ and subvert conventions of fantastic fiction—ghost stories, horror stories, the wondrous and the macabre—as expressions of psychological and cultural realities. Readings may include classic stories of hauntings and the supernatural by D. H. Lawrence, Oscar Wilde, and Daphne du Maurier, and contemporary works by Sherman Alexie, Octavia Butler, Adam Johnson, and Kelly Link. Writing assignments will focus on language, imagery, and other building blocks of fiction.
with DAPHNE KALOTAY
Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3:20 p.m.