04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W
Section Information for Fall 2018
This writing salon presents a multi-genre platform for writers to come together, present a wide variety of outside texts to one another, write essays about how those texts might serve as the jumping off point for the creation of new writing, create writing prompts based on those texts, and produce and present new writings in a variety of genres.
Our subject for the selection of outside texts will be topographies, whether imagined, figurative, or real. Given this subject, we will, no doubt, think about place and the absence of place, time and the absence of markers that designate time, nether-worlds, cityscapes, landscapes, literary histories. We will likewise examine contours, shapes, and patterns effected through other aspects of media and form: style, surface, tone, perspective, measure, scale, intertextual reference, hybridity. Depending on the interest of participants, we will examine our subject through a variety of media and genres, such as film, fiction, interview, television, poetry and literary criticism.
I will present the first six weeks' texts and brief, introductory essays that I have written about them. The tentative plans will include Agnes Varda's film Les glaneurs et la ganeuse (2000); Louise Gluck's Faithful and Virtuous Night along side excerpts from Iris Murdoch's The Green Knight and Claudia Rankine's Citizen.
Beginning on the seventh week of the semester committees of two to three participants will begin to select readings for the salon, well in advance and with my support, and present their own reading essays. On a week when a committee's essays are due, the committee will be excused from presenting new writing in progress during the second part of the evening.
Committees will select together their own texts, depending on the committee's interests. Here are some examples of the kinds of texts a committee might choose:
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