|Experiments in the Essay - 40218 - ENGL 287 - 01|
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.
Registration in this class requires permission of instructor.
Associated Term: Spring 2021
Registration Dates: Nov 16, 2020 to Feb 05, 2021
Attributes: Core:HALC - Hum, Art, Lit, Cul
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