Upper-Division Seminar : Creative Non-Fiction

Course Number: ENGL 197
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, English majors only
Advisory Enrollment Information: This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 197
Quarter: Spring 2013
Instructor: Young, Kay
Day(s): M
Time: 1:00 - 3:20 PM
Location: SH 2617
Description:

This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.

In this seminar we'll study how to bring ideas to life by reading compelling, beautiful, original models of creative non-fiction.

We'll begin with the essay's inventor Michel de Montaigne on experience, move to John Ruskin's transformational writing on how to see nature, Jean-Paul Sartre's autobiography on reading and writing, essays by the originator of New Journalism Gay Talese, Truman Capote's *In Cold Blood*, Joan Didion's *Blue Nights*, Edmund de Waal's *The Hare with Amber Eyes*, aesthetic (dramatic and literary) criticism by Stella Adler, Elaine Scarry, Walter Benjamin, Simone Weil and Rachel Bespaloff, Richard Dawkins's essays on science, and Adam Phillips's essays on the mind and psychoanalysis.

Drawing on the readings as models of creative nonfiction, your writing will address the aesthetics of art/science and the aesthetics of living.