ENGH 608: Craft Seminars

ENGH 608-006: Haunted Fictions
(Spring 2021)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W


Section Information for Spring 2021

In an essay, Parul Sehgal once wrote that the ghost story is “a vessel for collective terror and guilt, for the unspeakable. It alters to fit our fears.” In this class, we will read a variety of “haunted” fictions and try to understand what truths the supernatural can reveal—about the self, about history, about human nature—that a more realist treatment might not. Assigned texts may include work by Henry James, Shirley Jackson, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Alice Sola Kim, Helen Oyeyemi, and Karen Russell. We will devote the first half of the semester to reading discussion and in-class exercises. Students will then submit their own original haunted fictions, taking inspiration from assigned readings. We will spend the remaining portion of the semester critiquing student work. Note: the writers mentioned above are subject to change.

ENGH 608 006 is a distance education section taught synchronously.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Non-MFA students seeking permission must submit manuscript of original written work in appropriate genre. Various sections offer work in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, each focusing in different ways on the practices and the craft development of writers. Numerous writing assignments mixed with reading followed by careful analytical and craft discussions. Notes: Assignments vary with genre and specific topic. May be taken concurrently with ENGH 564, 565, 566. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to MFA program or ENGL 464/ENGH 494, ENGL 458/ENGH 492, ENGL 489/ENGH 486, or permission of instructor. Non-MFA students must submit manuscript for review prior to registration.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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