Class meets Th 4-7:40 pm ● firstname.lastname@example.org ● My office hours: Th 1-2:30
NOTE: This graduate fiction workshop is OPEN ONLY to graduate students in the Ph.D. program in the English Department (sorry, no exceptions).
TEXTS: William Carlos Williams, Imaginations; Isaac Babel, The Collected Stories; Alphonso Lingis, Violence and Splendor; Brian Kiteley, The 3 AM Epiphany (which will be available in the book store by mid-April)
March 29: First class; read Babel (Line and Color, Dolgushov’s Death, and Guy de Maupassant) and the introduction to The 3 AM Epiphany
April 5: Joanna, Kameron, Katie, Meghan (to be handed in 3/29); read Lingis (and a review of Violence and Splendor by Graham Harman)
April 12: Patrick, Poupeh, Sam, Tarashea, Danielle (to be handed in 4/5); read Lingis
April 19: Yanara, Christopher, Julia, Seth, Eryn (to be handed in 4/12)
April 26: Meg (to be handed in 4/19)
May 3: Joanna, Kameron, Katie, Eryn; read Williams (Kora in Hell and Spring and All)
May 10: Patrick, Poupeh, Tarashea, Yanara, Danielle (to be handed in 5/3); read Williams (The Great American Novel and The Descent of Winter)
May 17: Sam, Christopher, Julia, Seth, Eryn (to be handed in 5/10); read Babel (The Public Library, My First Goose, Sashka Christ, and The Kiss)
May 24: Two fiction exercises each: Sam, Joanna, Kameron, Katie, Meghan, Patrick, Poupeh (to be handed in 5/17); read The 3 AM Epiphany
May 31: Two fiction exercises each: Yanara, Danielle, Christopher, Julia, Seth, Eryn, Tarashea (to be handed in 5/24)
ABOUT THE EXERCISES: I will ask you to write a handful of the exercises from The 3AM Epiphany during the term. We will also discuss the book as a teaching device.
ABOUT THE COURSE: In this course, we will read William Carlos Williams fascinating, hybrid texts, especially Spring and All and The Great American Novel and a handful of the great short stories of Isaac Babel, and Alphonso Lingis’ Violence and Splendor in advance of his visit to campus.
ASSIGNMENTS: You are each responsible for two 300-word critiques of work by your classmates. Give me a copy of these critiques. Bring these critiques to class the day of the discussion of work by your classmates.
I will also ask you to write a brief essay on or creative response to one of these texts (300-500 words), which we will discuss toward the end of the term.