GPUB
5176

The Personal and the Political in Creative Nonfiction

New School for Social Research: Creative Publ & Critical Jrnl

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
The Personal & the Political
Fall 2023
Taught By: Melissa Monroe
Section: A

CRN: 15425

Credits: 3

How does a writer shape his or her personal experience into work that speaks to issues of general political and social importance? In this course, we examine short pieces and excerpts from books by a wide range of writers who have used the first person to report on current events, engage with public figures, and reflect on social or cultural phenomena. Authors covered include, among others, James Agee, Nicholson Baker, James Baldwin, Max Beerbohm, Jenny Diski, Susan Faludi, Henry James, Margo Jefferson, Alfred Kazin, Janet Malcolm, Jan Morris, Maggie Nelson, E.B. White, Colson Whitehead and Virginia Woolf. We focus particularly on the construction of narrative voice and perspective, and on the ethical and psychological questions that arise when the author serves as a character in his or her own work. The course has a strong workshop component; students write three brief essays and one longer one, and we spend part of almost every meeting discussing effective examples of student work.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Creative Publ & Critical Jrnl (CPJ)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 7

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:32pm EST 2/29/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 901
Date Range: 8/31/2023 - 12/14/2023