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Spring 2020
Aug 07, 2022
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ENGL 290 - Writing and the Museum
"Curating" has become a buzzword that extends beyond museums to the realm of thrift-stores, performances, blogs, and other venues. This course explores a range of literatures that utilize curatorial strategies and navigate "object lessons" in writing. Drawing upon museum studies, visual culture, and cultural studies, we will ground ourselves in a historic rhetoric of wonder (via global explorations, memory palaces, curiosity cabinets, natural and artistic collections), visit museums around Georgetown and Washington D.C., and examine fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and hybrid genres that imitate museums, enact curatorial gestures, and/or try to dismantle such structures. What objects and genres constitute these collections? How do authors and/or readers become engaged and implicated in the forms and contents of their projects? As students adopt the role of curators, projects will include writing an object biography, writing a field guide and ethnography of a museum, and imagining a hypothetical exhibition. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

English Department

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

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