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

Fall 2022

Taught By: Dianca Potts

Section: A

CRN: 14313

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.

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: No

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: 3:36am EST 11/29/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 8:00am - 9:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 261

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