Reading for Writers: Non-Fiction: Literary Non-Fiction

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
RFW Non-Fiction
Fall 2022
Taught By: Alexandra Chasin
Section: AX

CRN: 11693

Credits: 4

READING FOR WRITERS: TRANSCENDING DISCIPLINE. This course is designed for Literary Studies majors, Writing concentrators, and other advanced undergrads interested in breaking out of the constraints of traditional writing styles, and transcending the inherited conventions that govern the presentation of knowledge in its various discipline-bound, realistic, journalistic, and scholarly forms. From the footnote to forms of argumentation, we examine written and graphic conventions on the way to exploring alternative ways to represent knowledge. We draw on examples from a wide range of writers and artists who have played with inherited symbols (such as the U.S. flag, the dollar sign, maps) and texts of all kinds (legal and bureaucratic documents, news) to create new works that critique, subvert, and otherwise modify the inherited forms. We also look at published works that modify or challenge scholarly conventions (such as the crocheted coral reefs that inhabit a beautiful no-man's land between traditional crafts, applied mathematics and evolutionary biology). Along the way, students contribute their own examples to the syllabus and do creative work that expresses research in non- or anti-disciplinary modalities. We work across media. Non-writers enthusiastically welcome.

After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

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: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

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: 10:18pm EST 2/7/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 259
Date Range: 9/2/2022 - 12/16/2022