In this course we will review, analyze, compare, and create definitions of literary traditions and popular genres in efforts to isolate specific craft techniques and moods that could be applied or repurposed in unorthodox ways. Our aim is to use conventions in unconventional ways and render concrete practice from the theoretical and experimental. To this end, we will read a wide swath of foundational and rising contemporary writers, from Edward P. Jones and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah to Lorrie Moore and Karen Russell.
In summer 2021, this class will be delivered remotely. This interactive workshop includes a mix of live synchronous Zoom sessions and a range of asynchronous reading and writing activities. Courses are embedded within a robust series of public programs (including readings, workshops, and panel discussions) that SWI students will also engage in.
Tentative schedule for synchronous meetings: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6–8 p.m. The remainder of course work will take place asynchronously.