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Writing the Essay II

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Lang College

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

WTEII: The Animal is Metaphor

Spring 2023

Taught By: Haley Hach

Section: A

CRN: 1214

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: THE ANIMAL IS METAPHOR. In this course we’ll read, discuss, write, define and explore how animals are used as potential to explain human experience. To study our relationship with animals (and nature) is to study our own subconciousness. We use animals and animal characteristics to define ourselves. Why? The complexity and irony of animal “otherness” furthering human behavior is a puzzling one. Why is a greedy person described as a pig? And why is goodness described as humanity? What are the origins of this way of thinking? The presence of animals are embedded in the language we use. Together, let’s untangle what’s already built within structures of sex and culture. Readings may include The Peregrine by JA Baker, Being a Beast by Charles Foster, The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory by Carol J. Adams, The Lumberjack’s Dove by Gennarose Nethercott and the glorious poetry of Kay Ryan.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 502

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

WTEII: Radical Memoir

Spring 2023

Taught By: Rebecca Reilly

Section: AA

CRN: 11835

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: RADICAL MEMOIR. In this first-year writing seminar we look at texts that defy the boundaries of genre to create a narrative form true to the fragmented, shifting composition of memory itself. Memoirist, diarist, theorist, philosopher: the authors we will consider perform the ongoing project of the construction of the self, or successive versions of self, through the creation of fragmented autobiographical texts. Students will write a series of essays responding to these texts and also learn to construct a longer, research paper. Authors considered will likely include Roland Barthes, James Baldwin, Anne Carson, Claudia Rankine, Beatriz Preciado, Teresa Hak-Kyung Cha, Wayne Koestenbaum, Edouard Louis, Brian Blanchfield and Saeed Jones.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 465

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023

WTEII: Bye Bye Bi

Spring 2023

Taught By: Kristi Steinmetz

Section: B

CRN: 13186

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: BYE BYE BI. Bisexual erasure is real. The gender binary is real. Non-binary identities are real. Growing up biracial is real. Binary math makes what we see on computer screens real. And, in the U.S., bipartisan politics are all too real. So what does it mean to be bi anything? Why is there biphobia within the LBGTQIA+ community? How do we deal with the reality that any identity labeled with the prefix bi- can be inherently polarizing by definition? This course will try to understand why our world is so dependent on binary constructs. In this first-year writing seminar, we will explore personal, political, and cultural issues related to bi- experiences. We will examine how bi- issues reflect the ways that sexuality and desire are shaped by - yet often liberated from - the patriarchy’s paradigms of gender. To make visible the hidden impact of monosexism in healthcare, relationships, and even DEI initiatives, we will engage in conversation with a wide variety of creative works, contemporary media, and historical documents. Digital media; influencer videos; social activists’ Twitter feeds; .gov and .org websites, along with community-building discussions involving journalistic, literary, and scholarly sources, will also be considered. Students will develop research methods and critical inquiry skill-sets to produce genderographies of truth and possibility.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023

WTEII: TBA

Spring 2023

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: BB

CRN: 13522

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: TBA

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

WTEII: Portraits & Landscapes

Spring 2023

Taught By: Tara Menon

Section: C

CRN: 10117

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: PORTRAITS AND LANDSCAPES. Two paradigms, two orientations, two ways of seeing the world’s inhabitants and the worlds they inhabit. We will borrow these genres from the field of visual art to explore how we “frame” human and non-human lives in writing. We will read a range of texts by authors including essayists like Roland Barthes, Michel Serres, and Leslie Jamison, poets like Charles Baudelaire, Claudia Rankine, Mahmoud Darwish, and Yehuda Amichai, and fiction writers like Shobha Rao, Anuk Arudpragasam, and Cesar Aira, using their work to address questions of land and belonging—to whom does land belong, who belongs in a given landscape?—as well as questions of identity and profiling—whose faces matter, with whose faces do we identify and why? We will also hone our techniques of description and analysis by examining the work of painters and photographers.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 8:00am - 9:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 258

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023

WTEII: The Depths of Boredom

Spring 2023

Taught By: Rollo Romig

Section: D

CRN: 10869

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: THE DEPTHS OF BOREDOM. Now more than ever, boring experiences threaten our enjoyment of life. Living in lockdown. Washing the dishes. Attending required college courses. But what do we mean when we call something "boring"? Where does boredom come from? And is there any benefit to being bored? In this first-year writing seminar we'll explore these questions and many more through an exciting and unpredictable selection of reading and writing assignments, with an emphasis on research skills. Topics may include: small talk, long speeches, the science of how we experience time, quarantine, smartphones, capitalism, chores, reality television, intentionally boring films, monks, meditation, mindfulness, opiates, prison, the Internal Revenue Service, the fear of missing out, the lives of zoo animals, summer vacation, heaven, and silence.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 501

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

WTEII: Funny or Not

Spring 2023

Taught By: M Milks

Section: E

CRN: 10870

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: FUNNY OR NOT: THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF COMEDY. “There is nothing very benevolent about laughter,” wrote Henri Bergson in 1900. Indeed, laughter—and comedy, the discourse that aims to provoke it—can be quite cruel. In this writing-intensive course, we will examine the numerous ways in which comedy has been used to reflect and at times reshape often troubling social attitudes. We will explore the rhetorical strategies of a wide range of comedic genres and forms, from stand-up comedy to memes, investigating the politics and pleasures of both laughing and not. Why is a particular sign, situation, or performance funny—or not? What are the uses and effects of particular comedic traditions (e.g., language play, slapstick, parody, satire)? What does it mean to take up the role of a feminist killjoy, to be a spoilsport, to refuse to laugh at your boss’s or family member’s racist or sexist or transphobic or ableist joke? As we take up these questions, we will examine others’ arguments and construct our own in response, in the form of both academic and (optionally) comedic writing.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 502

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023

WTEII:Return of The Queer Page

Spring 2023

Taught By: Miller Oberman

Section: F

CRN: 10882

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: RETURN OF THE QUEER PAGE. In this first-year seminar we will read, discuss, and respond in writing to a multiplicity of queer texts, from foundational works of queer theory to contemporary fiction, essays and poetry. This course will consider the relationship between body and text, and we will practice close reading a wide range of LGBTQIA textual bodies; queer pages that work to counter hegemonic norms. This course will be a practice in how to incorporate ourselves into our research, and we will explore the intersections of personal essay and scholarly research. This course views research as a conversation and an act of community and solidarity. We will practice responsible and rigorous engagement in the intersections of our own experiences and the (written) experiences of others, learning how to place ourselves among them. We will practice how to speak with, and not for. We will read queerly, and define what that means for us as we go along. Texts may include work by: Sara Ahmed, Judith Butler, Samuel Delaney, Audre Lorde, E. Patrick Johnson, José Esteban Muñoz, Dean Spade, Candace Williams, and Monique Wittig.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 502

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023

WTEII: The Meaning of Myth

Spring 2023

Taught By: Stephen Massimilla

Section: G

CRN: 1809

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: THE MEANING OF MYTH. In this first-year research seminar, we will discuss and write about an exciting range of myths in order to develop key composition and research skills. Myth is a far-reaching category that intersects with such fields as literature, history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, theology, gender studies, political science, and psychology. Myths are said to address the origin and nature of things, how people should act, what motivates human behavior, and what it means to be human. Readings cover many genres and may include short foundational Western and non-Western tales, such as the Hymn to Demeter and the Inanna tales; excerpts from longer texts such as Genesis and The Odyssey; selected short works such as Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Wells’ Time Machine, Eliot’s Waste Land, and Camus’ “Myth of Sisyphus"; the poetry of Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich, and others; and essays by Darwin, Marx, Freud, Jung, Malinowski, Campbell, and Eliade. The class also addresses mythic themes in visual art, and how myths continue to inform politics and contemporary thought. In the course of composing and workshopping essays related to the readings, students will explore how to formulate interesting questions, conduct close readings, construct and organize arguments, locate apt sources, marshal evidence, improve grammatical clarity, and reorganize and revise. Essays build toward a fully developed research paper.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 258

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023

WTEII: Radical Memoir

Spring 2023

Taught By: Michael Soto

Section: H

CRN: 1817

Credits: 4

TBA

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023

WTEII: Our Living Ghost

Spring 2023

Taught By: Haley Hach

Section: I

CRN: 10954

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: OUR LIVING GHOST: PERSPECTIVES IN THE EXPERIENCE OF LEAVING HOME. In this first-year research seminar, we will examine various theories and perspectives on the notion of leaving home. How many ways are there to leave home? What is responsible for the impressions we keep and what is lost? What do we lose about ourselves—and why—and what do we gain? How does the concept of home—once we define it—move through us and, most importantly, why does the mapping of these changes of these perspectives prove so fascinating for writers, artists and philosophers? From coming-of-age narratives, to political homelessness, exile, family trauma, we will read memoirs, essays, and novels. Students will write four critical response papers, conduct research and explore their beliefs and challenge assumptions as we ruminate on concepts and perspectives in the experience of leaving home.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 262

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

WTEII: Rape Culture

Spring 2023

Taught By: Christen Clifford

Section: J

CRN: 10968

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: WHAT IS RAPE CULTURE? Ugh. It’s everywhere. But what is Rape Culture? This first-year writing and research seminar looks at sexual violence in literature and pop culture and asks students to consider different, perhaps difficult, points of view. We will investigate social and political issues including violence, equality, sexual justice and patriarchy through critical writing and art from the 1970s to the present. Digital events will be looked at in real time during the months this class is in session. This course emphasizes close readings and a research paper.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 510

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023

WTEII: Being Young

Spring 2023

Taught By: Tara Menon

Section: K

CRN: 13195

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: BEING YOUNG. This course will examine the social, psychological and political concept of youth, as constructed by and reflected in a variety of texts by writers such as Mark Greif, James Baldwin, Arthur Rimbaud, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Eileen Myles, M.K. Gandhi and many more. We'll read poetry, fiction, letters and essays for, by and about the young--lyric celebrations of youth, nostalgic reflections on past youth, stories of formation as well as texts in which youth is the culmination of life. Each student will work on one extended research-based writing project that pertains to this topic.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 8:00am - 9:40am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

WTEII: Social Commentary

Spring 2023

Taught By: David Palmer

Section: L

CRN: 13191

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: SOCIAL COMMENTARY. This research-writing seminar is designed to make you more informative and persuasive in writing about social issues that matter to you and to your readers. The centerpiece of this course is the long-form social commentary, a 10-15-page essay, which will be the product of brainstorming, freewriting, tailored research, interim writing assignments, workshopping, drafting, redrafting, and critical feedback from your instructor, fellow students, and yourself. By term’s end, you will learn and practice basic research methodology by conducting strategic web-based searches and academic research. You will also learn and practice how to execute these methods into clear, engaging writing that speaks to issues of enduring significance. Course readings will be interdisciplinary in content and expansive in approach; they may include selections from Tressie McMillan Cottom, Elizabeth Colbert, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Eric Schlosser, Carl Hart, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Frances Lee, Danielle Allen, Jenny Odell, and others.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

WTEII: The Body Never Lies

Spring 2023

Taught By: Bureen Ruffin

Section: M

CRN: 13192

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: THE BODY NEVER LIES. Some might say we are in the age of the body – a time when we’re collectively embracing and reclaiming our bodies. No doubt, this reclamation was ushered in by the social unrest and global health pandemic of 2020 – a moment when fear, anxiety, and grief became too much to bear. Despite this, we have been given the opportunity to (re)learn that the body is a powerful resource and has much to offer as our minds – maybe more. This course will explore the body not only as needing deep care and healing, but also as a generative source of power that infiltrates all aspects of our lives. We’ll consider what it might be like to build a bridge between the intellect and the somatic, privileging a wholly embodied way of learning and being. What do our bodies need to express? How do we become empathic witnesses to the truths being revealed? How can we tap into the generative power of embodiment with deep awareness? Our readings will be intersectional in nature, weaving together works from a variety of fields including literature, queer/gender/race theory, science, somatics, philosophy, and the healing arts. Authors may include Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Alice Walker, Resmaa Menakem, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Joy Degruy, Saidiya Hartman, Kiese Laymon, Bessel Van der Kolk, Magdalena Zurawski, June Jordan, and others.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

WTEII: Memories in the Making

Spring 2023

Taught By: Brie Bouslaugh

Section: N

CRN: 10971

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: MEMORIES IN THE MAKING. This writing and research course will look at how we remember as collectives, cultures, and a country, how the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and our pasts affect our present and our futures. Our concepts of self, as both individuals and collectives, are created through the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. By looking at who gets to tell our stories and whose voices are muffled, we can begin to understand how power, privilege, and politics shape so much of the known world around us. We’ll look at how American culture is recorded impacts us, from the cold stone halls of museums to the very language we use to talk about the past. We’ll ask what our monuments saying, but also what do they say about us? This will ultimately lead to one extended research-based writing project that draws from a semester's worth of reading, discussion, and investigation.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 263

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

WTEII:Coming of Age in America

Spring 2023

Taught By: Jonathan Liebson

Section: O

CRN: 10972

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: COMING OF AGE IN AMERICA. Baudelaire says that “genius is…childhood recaptured,” and without question some of our most important fiction—from Twain to Salinger to Harper Lee—is rendered through the eyes of younger protagonists. In this first-year research seminar we’ll explore a variety of short story writers and characters of diverse backgrounds, regions, and ethnicities, including Jamaica Kincaid, Junot Diaz, Maile Meloy, Edward P. Jones, and Sandra Cisneros, who together reveal the complexity of what growing up in America entails. We’ll consider the struggle for identity and belonging, but also for self-determination and independence, amidst mainstream expectations of community, family, or tradition. The course emphasizes close-reading, multiple drafts of essays, and proficiency with research skills, culminating in a longer final research paper.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 501

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023

WTEII: What's Love...?

Spring 2023

Taught By: Nkosi Bandele

Section: P

CRN: 10973

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? It is taken as a given that the word “love” functions as a signifier in society, but the question of what precisely it signifies remains elusive. In this first-year research seminar, students read and write about romantic love. Is it just a fantasy, something we hope to be true? Or a reality, for those who are lucky or who work hard to make it true? Students consider whether romantic love is a socially-constructed illusion or merely an elaborate rationalization for physical desire. To do this effectively, students must hone their skills for reading, analyzing, and thinking critically about how notions of romantic love are strongly influenced by cultural assumption. In the process, students are required to think through complicated issues, write in order to critically examine that thinking, share their ideas, and make arguments based on their perspectives and understanding. Authors include William Shakespeare, e.e. cummings, Sharon Olds, and Laura Kipnis.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 259

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023

WTEII: Mix and Match

Spring 2023

Taught By: Rachel Aydt

Section: Q

CRN: 10974

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: MIX AND MATCH: THE POSSIBILITIES OF GENRES. In this first-year research seminar, we'll explore works that use experimental forms to push boundaries in creativity and meaning. From epistolary form to retelling of mythologies to prose poetry we'll discuss how your ideas can be enhanced by playing with form. How can you weave together sociology with personal narrative or personal narrative with cultural criticism? Throughout the semester, as you experiment with your own hybrid forms, we'll read James Baldwin, Matthea Harvey, Eula Biss, Kate Tempest, Anne Carter, N. Scott Momaday, Olivia Laing, William Burroughs, Anne Waldman, and more. The course will culminate in a research project.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 8:00am - 9:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 260

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

WTEII: The Body Never Lies

Spring 2023

Taught By: Bureen Ruffin

Section: R

CRN: 11015

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: THE BODY NEVER LIES. Some might say we are in the age of the body – a time when we’re collectively embracing and reclaiming our bodies. No doubt, this reclamation was ushered in by the social unrest and global health pandemic of 2020 – a moment when fear, anxiety, and grief became too much to bear. Despite this, we have been given the opportunity to (re)learn that the body is a powerful resource and has much to offer as our minds – maybe more. This course will explore the body not only as needing deep care and healing, but also as a generative source of power that infiltrates all aspects of our lives. We’ll consider what it might be like to build a bridge between the intellect and the somatic, privileging a wholly embodied way of learning and being. What do our bodies need to express? How do we become empathic witnesses to the truths being revealed? How can we tap into the generative power of embodiment with deep awareness? Our readings will be intersectional in nature, weaving together works from a variety of fields including literature, queer/gender/race theory, science, somatics, philosophy, and the healing arts. Authors may include Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Alice Walker, Resmaa Menakem, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Joy Degruy, Saidiya Hartman, Kiese Laymon, Bessel Van der Kolk, Magdalena Zurawski, June Jordan, and others.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 465

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

WTEII: The Depths of Boredom

Spring 2023

Taught By: Rollo Romig

Section: S

CRN: 10975

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: THE DEPTHS OF BOREDOM. Now more than ever, boring experiences threaten our enjoyment of life. Living in lockdown. Washing the dishes. Attending required college courses. But what do we mean when we call something "boring"? Where does boredom come from? And is there any benefit to being bored? In this first-year writing seminar we'll explore these questions and many more through an exciting and unpredictable selection of reading and writing assignments, with an emphasis on research skills. Topics may include: small talk, long speeches, the science of how we experience time, quarantine, smartphones, capitalism, chores, reality television, intentionally boring films, monks, meditation, mindfulness, opiates, prison, the Internal Revenue Service, the fear of missing out, the lives of zoo animals, summer vacation, heaven, and silence.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 259

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

WTEII: The Lives of Others

Spring 2023

Taught By: Morten Hoi Jensen

Section: T

CRN: 13193

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: THE LIVES OF OTHERS. One of the most dominant and popular forms of essay writing is the personal essay, in which authors explore facets of their own lives. But some of the best essays have often taken as their subject other people, be they strangers, eccentrics, family members, celebrities, politicians, or criminals. In this first-year seminar we will read, discuss, and respond to essays about the lives of others. We will consider the relationship between author and subject, explore approaches to nonfiction characterization, and discuss the ethics of writing about actual, living people. Texts may include work by: Martin Amis, Teju Cole, George Packer, and Lillian Ross.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 8:00am - 9:40am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023

WTE II: Reconstructing Home

Spring 2023

Taught By: Olga Breydo

Section: U

CRN: 13194

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: RECONSTRUCTING HOME. What happens to our understanding of home when political instability, persecution, or economic and personal hardship forces us into displacement? When we migrate from those places that have shaped us, what do we carry into the unknown? If we are ready to build a new life elsewhere, how do we preserve and repurpose essential elements of our discarded past? In this first-year research seminar, students will investigate and document their relationship with leaving and finding home. Relying on texts that examine and express the immigrant experience from such writers as Jhumpa Lahiri, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Edwidge Danticat, Aleksandar Hemon, Maaza Mengiste, and Dina Nayeri, students will craft a series of writing responses and a final research essay.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023

WTEII: Human Rights

Spring 2023

Taught By: Pamela Sneed

Section: V

CRN: 10977

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: HUMAN RIGHTS: ARTISTIC RESPONSES-EMPHASIS ON THE PERSONAL ESSAY AND HYBRID LITERATURE. Through selected readings, essay, poetry, combined forms, film, historical perspectives and current events, this course will examine human rights, human expression, themes of survival, freedom, what makes us human to violations of human rights domestically and globally. Through writing prompts and assignments, Writers in the course will respond to given materials with some elements of research over time. We will examine issues of race, women’s rights, immigrant rights feminism, lgtbqi issues, class and workers rights, asking questions such as Where do the personal and political interface in literature? How do artists and respond writers articulate and intervene in human rights abuses? Do artists have a responsibility in record keeping? What constitutes political writing? What is the writers role in society? Can craft and political writing coexist? We will also discuss issues such as self vs. governmental censorship and visibility vs. invisibility. Is writing inherently activism? Some of the writers surveyed will be Safiya Bukhari, Hannah Arendt, Kevin Bales, Sadiya Hartman, Joy Harjo, Karen Finley, Angela Davis, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehesi Coates, Chimamanda Adiche, and more.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 501

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023

WTEII: Undressing Fashion

Spring 2023

Taught By: Shahnaz Habib

Section: W

CRN: 10978

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: UNDRESSING FASHION. Fashion is often considered too shallow a topic for serious writers. Yet whenever we wear clothes, we are participating in personal rituals and cultural systems. We will begin the course by writing about what fashion means to us. How do we represent ourselves, knowingly or obliviously, through our fashion choices? We will use academic and literary readings to understand how fashion mythologies are created, and who is left out of these mythologies. Approaching fashion from a number of angles, from sustainability to appropriation, we will read writers such as bell hooks, Hilary Mantel, Jia Tolentino, and Shahida Bari, and consider the work of artists such as Frida Kahlo and Paul Rucker. This course encourages students to explore research as an aid to thinking and writing critically about fashion and will culminate in a final essay at the intersection of fashion and social justice.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 518

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

WTE II: Visions of Excess

Spring 2023

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: X

CRN: 13283

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: VISIONS OF EXCESS. Excess, indulgence, and decadence serve very different functions either as expressions of wonder, adaptability, individuality, free will, or as a means of self-fashioning, or even as survival tactics. This course will explore decadence in writing: repetition, duplication, waste, reproduction, silence, machination, computation, sensationalism, eroticism, gluttony, spirituality, poverty, wealth, stimulation, depression, etc. We will read and write with our senses and sins, paying special attention to the way language enables and/or disables us from expressing urges, needs, demands and how contemporary censorship and social policing may or may not prevent us from “going there.” We might look at the work of Henry Miller, Hieronymus Bosch, Anais Nin, Kathy Acker, Proust, Oscar Wilde, David Foster Wallace, Kafka, Nabokov, Virginia Woolf, Jack Kerouac, Hunter S Thompson, Ottessa Moshfegh, George Bataille, Walter Benjamin and others. Students will be challenged to read critically and theoretically and respond in thoughtful and provoking writing to articulate the way excessivity functions within a certain work. The class will culminate in a creative research project based on the student's personal interests that will aim to examine a specific type of excess in literature, art, and the world.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 8:00am - 9:40am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

WTEII: Undressing Fashion

Spring 2023

Taught By: Shahnaz Habib

Section: Y

CRN: 10979

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: UNDRESSING FASHION. Fashion is often considered too shallow a topic for serious writers. Yet whenever we wear clothes, we are participating in personal rituals and cultural systems. We will begin the course by writing about what fashion means to us. How do we represent ourselves, knowingly or obliviously, through our fashion choices? We will use academic and literary readings to understand how fashion mythologies are created, and who is left out of these mythologies. Approaching fashion from a number of angles, from sustainability to appropriation, we will read writers such as bell hooks, Hilary Mantel, Jia Tolentino, and Shahida Bari, and consider the work of artists such as Frida Kahlo and Paul Rucker. This course encourages students to explore research as an aid to thinking and writing critically about fashion and will culminate in a final essay at the intersection of fashion and social justice.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 261

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

WTE II: The Fairy Tale

Spring 2023

Taught By: Kyle McCarthy

Section: Z

CRN: 13231

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: THE FAIRY TALE. Marxists, feminists, fascists, Jungians, Freudians, utopians, and reactionaries have all claimed the fairy tale for their own. But the stories themselves, in all their fertile retellings, resist reduction to any one interpretation. In this class, we will read multiple versions of some classic European tales, and consider what knowledge—about the body, animals, sexuality, gender, and violence—come smuggled beneath their deceptively flat surfaces. More broadly, we will ask what various epistemological approaches to the tales yield. Ultimately, students will choose an approach, such as ethnographic, historical, literary, feminist, or psychological, in which to write a long research essay focusing on one of the tales. Readings may include the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, Angela Carter, AS Byatt and Helen Oyeyemi alongside theorists such as Benjamin, Freud, Berger, Warner, and Tatar.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:30pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

WTEII: The Body Never Lies

Fall 2022

Taught By: Bureen Ruffin

Section: A

CRN: 11154

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: The Body Never Lies. Some might say we are in the age of the body – a time when we’re collectively embracing and reclaiming our bodies. No doubt, this reclamation was ushered in by the social unrest and global health pandemic of 2020 – a moment when fear, anxiety, and grief became too much to bear. Despite this, we have been given the opportunity to (re)learn that the body is a powerful resource and has much to offer as our minds – maybe more. This course will explore the body not only as needing deep care and healing, but also as a generative source of power that infiltrates all aspects of our lives. We’ll consider what it might be like to build a bridge between the intellect and the somatic, privileging a wholly embodied way of learning and being. What do our bodies need to express? How do we become empathic witnesses to the truths being revealed? How can we tap into the generative power of embodiment with deep awareness? Our readings will be intersectional in nature, weaving together works from a variety of fields including literature, queer/gender/race theory, science, somatics, philosophy, and the healing arts. Authors may include Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Alice Walker, Resmaa Menakem, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Joy Degruy, Saidiya Hartman, Kiese Laymon, Bessel Van der Kolk, Magdalena Zurawski, June Jordan, and others.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 20, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:32pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/15/2022

WTE II: Writing the Fantastic

Fall 2022

Taught By: Lynn Brown

Section: B

CRN: 14089

Credits: 4

WRITING THE ESSAY II: WRITING THE FANTASTIC. What can myths, fairytales and vampire novels tell us about academic writing? What kinds of research goes into creating a believable fantasy world? In this class students will analyze the creative works of fantasy and sci fi from authors like Neil Gaiman, Ursula Le Guin and Nalo Hopkinson, as well as explore ways to use research to make their speculative stories more believable.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Lang College (LNGC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 20, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:32pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022