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Writing the Essay I

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Lang College

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

WTEI:STRANGER THAN FICTION

Spring 2021

Taught By: Dianca Potts

Section: B

CRN: 1808

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY I: STRANGER THAN FICTION. How do we make sense of the unexplainable? What do stories about the paranormal reveal about the human condition and our imaginations? In this first-year writing seminar, students will delve into tales of extraordinary phenomena, folklore, urban legends, and encounters with the extraterrestrial and supernatural. From UFOs and poltergeists to doppelgängers and premonitions, this course will investigate what the unfathomable can teach us about the power of storytelling and personal truth. Through a multi-genre offering of readings, reflections, and prompts, students will examine how strange stories of the past and present explore the complexities of desire, fear, and belonging while crafting extraordinary works of their own. Students will read Alexander Chee, Kelly Link, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Elissa Washuta, Etgar Keret, Esmé Weijun Wang, Jordan Kisner, Mira Ptacin, Colin Dickey, Karen Russell, Otessa Moshfegh, Anthony Doerr, and others.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: January 24, 2021 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: March 1, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 1:25pm 3/3/2021 EST

Meeting Info::

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 3/14/2021

WTEI: On Being Ill

Spring 2021

Taught By: Tara Menon

Section: K

CRN: 10116

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY I: ON BEING ILL. Forty-two years ago, Susan Sontag wrote, “Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and the kingdom of the sick ... Sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.” At this moment, when the world is wracked by a pandemic, we have an especially keen sense of this second citizenship and of the challenges, both ethical and practical, that it poses. In this seminar, we will examine how we think and write about illness and contagion, looking at texts drawn from various disciplines, among them literature, history, philosophy, and medicine. Throughout, we will follow Sontag in paying close attention to the metaphors we use for illness and the way illness serves as metaphor, asking what it means to live and write in a time when the two “kingdoms” of which she speaks are increasingly difficult to separate. Readings will include fiction by Lu Xun and Daniel Defoe, scholarship by Perundevi Srinivasan, Paul Farmer and Claire Colebrook, and memoir by Jamaica Kincaid, Leslie Jamison, Alphonse Daudet and Virginia Woolf.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: January 24, 2021 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: March 1, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 1:25pm 3/3/2021 EST

Meeting Info::

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 3/11/2021

WTEI: Everyone's a Critic

Spring 2021

Taught By: Bureen Ruffin

Section: A

CRN: 1899

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY I: EVERYONE'S A CRITIC. Pop culture has historically been dismissed as frivolous or a passing fad, the fodder of naïve youth – but we all create and digest popular culture. Pop culture is, in some ways, a reflection of who we are at any given moment in time. Studying what’s popular allows us to deepen our understanding of humankind and issues having to do with age, race, gender, class, sexuality, nationality, and the realities of social, historical, and political contexts. These lenses, taken together or perhaps in opposition, provide opportunities to see ourselves authentically and to change, progress, and heal. In this first-year writing seminar, we will recast pop culture as perhaps the truest reflection of who we are, what we believe, desire, and value. The authors we will read are ideologically and stylistically diverse, but what they have in common is their concern with social, cultural, and political issues and their strong distinctive prose. Our discussions will focus not only on the ideas presented in the texts but also on the structural and rhetorical features of the texts themselves, the language in which the ideas are embodied. Students will develop critical writing and reading skills and make persuasive arguments through writing about the issues that are most prevalent in their lives. Readings may include works by A.O. Scott, Emily Nussbaum, Rachel Ghansah Kaadzi, Hilton Als, Hanif Abdurraqib, Susan Sontag, E.M. Forster, Zadie Smith, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and others.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: January 24, 2021 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: March 1, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 1:25pm 3/3/2021 EST

Meeting Info::

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 3/14/2021

WTEI:Stories We Tell Ourselves

Spring 2021

Taught By: Bureen Ruffin

Section: F

CRN: 8761

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY I: THE STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES. This first-year writing seminar examines the theory and practice of creative nonfiction, highlighting the memoir and the personal essay. Students will learn how to translate personal experience into effective pieces of writing. We will study the techniques of “writing the self,” integrating literary analysis and creative writing and an exploration of the role of memory and imagination in reconstructing and shaping the past. We will read a variety of texts and examine the ways writers use language to bring their subjects to life, reading not only for the story but, more importantly, for distinctive prose style and technique. As writers we all have unique concerns, backgrounds, and perspectives. Our goal is to effectively communicate what we have seen, heard, and felt, focusing on the world outside of ourselves as much as our interior worlds. Our workshops will help us focus on hearing our unique voices and the voices of others, offering new ideas and thoughtful critiques. We will learn how to use the truth of our lives to create compelling narratives that feature quality thinking, depth of insight, and impressive prose style. Readings may include works by Virginia Woolf, Jamaica Kincaid, Zadie Smith, Joan Didion, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Maggie Nelson, Alexander Chee, Vivian Gornick,Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chimamanda Adichie, and others.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: January 24, 2021 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: March 1, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 1:25pm 3/3/2021 EST

Meeting Info::

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 3/14/2021