Writing the End of the World

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Writing the End of the World
Spring 2024
Taught By: Dianca Potts
Section: A

CRN: 14674

Credits: 4

Throughout this course, students will examine multi-genre narratives about cataclysmic endings—big and small. While exploring what apocalyptic stories can teach us about our anxieties and desires within a historical and contemporary context, students will also examine how storytellers of the past and present have used apocalyptic narratives as way of reckoning with the violence of colonization, climate change, individual and communal loss, existential fear, and political uncertainty. Using this lens, students will delve into a diverse mix of creative and experimental works to craft their own narratives about endings, irrevocable change, and new beginnings. Students will engage with texts by Lesley Nneka Arimah, Carmen Maria Machado, Brenda Peynado, James Baldwin, Jordan Kisner, Elissa Washuta, Octavia E. Butler, Jenny Offill, Xuan Juliana Wang, Joy Harjo, and others.

After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.
Writing electives cannot satisfy the Intro/Intermediate/Advanced genre writing courses.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LIT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

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: 4:46pm EDT 7/12/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 261
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024