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Spring 2021
Sep 26, 2022
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ENGL 287 - Experiments in the Essay
Of the Experimental Essay. If you recognize the echo in that heading—or even if you don’t, but find yourself trying to figure out what it’s doing there--then you might want to try writing essays. Right now is a sweet time to be an essayist, experimenting with the possibilities of that protean form as it stretches, bends, and blends with other forms to shape radically new pieces of nonfiction prose: associative essays, lyric essays, braided essays, “object lessons,” and essay sequences. Following in the exploratory tradition of Michel de Montaigne’s first edition of his Essais in 1580, the contemporary essay offers an ongoing experiment in form. While the course will include readings in the history of the genre and a broad sampling of recent essays and essayists, the workshop will focus on writing produced by the class. Workshop sessions will engage participants as both writers and close, critical readers.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

English Department

Course Attributes:
Core:HALC - Hum, Art, Lit, Cul, Mean Grade is Calculated

ENGL 040 or ENGL 041 or ENGL 042 or ENGL 043

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