Creative Nonfiction

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Documentary Nonfiction

Spring 2021

Taught By: Alexandra Chasin

Section: AX

CRN: 8776

Credits: 4

In this course, we investigate the political, ethical, aesthetic, and formal questions that emerge when primary documents are incorporated into text, music, film, dance, theater, etc. What is a document, and what kinds of authority does it have – and not have – and who has authority over it? In what dynamics of social power is it embedded? For what purposes have artists, writers, musicians, dancers, thinkers, activists mobilized primary documents? What methods have they used? Everything from deep-fake editing to old-fashioned collage is in play. The instructor offers a range of historical examples for deep consideration. See “Eye of the Sparrow” on Youtube for a glimpse. Students offer examples in order to expand the syllabus to reflect contemporary needs, identities, situations… documents. The class is a laboratory in which we will collectively design, and redesign, exercises that embody and dramatize our political, ethical, aesthetic, and formal questions, so we can put our own purposes into practice. *This course satisfies the Reading for Writers requirement for the Literary Studies major.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

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: 12:55am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/22/2021 - 5/7/2021