Nonfiction Hybrid Workshop

Schools of Public Engagement: MFA Writing Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Nonfiction Hybrid Workshop

Spring 2019

Taught By: Robert Polito

Section: A

CRN: 5664

Credits: 3 OR 4

Might the most exciting artistic creations of our 21st century cultural moment involve a casually experimental work that engages multiple arts (and multiple literary genres) simultaneously? Essay and lyric; writing and visual art (film, photography, painting); language and performance (music, dance); graphic literature; and collages of fiction and fact. The word hybrid derives from the Latin hybrida, indicating mongrel, a creature of mixed breed. This special workshop is intended for diverse practitioners of modern hybrid forms, and our aim is to be open, curious, flexible, exploratory. There will be a little more reading, looking, viewing, and listening here than perhaps is customary in a writing workshop, but that glance around at what other artists are doing seems appropriate to our hybrid experiment. Depending on student interests, backgrounds, and goals, these artists might include Agnes Varda, Glenn Ligon, Teju Cole, Maggie Nelson, Sophie Calle, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Edward Ruscha, Manny Farber, Ralph Lemon, Bob Dylan, Douglas Kearney, Tyehimba Jess, Claudia Rankine, Karen Green, Ricardo M. DeUngria, Ben Katchor, Matthea Harvey, Chen Li, Barbara Hammer, Anne Carson, Maya Deren, Guy Maddin, Jen Bervin, Weegee, Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel, Shirley Clarke, Chantal Akerman, Lynne Tillman, Fred Moten, Raoul Peck, David Campany, Mike Kelley, Cindy Sherman, and Eileen Myles, among others. Space is limited to 12 students who will present work for discussion in class on (at least) three occasions. This course is open to graduate students across the university.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: MFA Writing Program (NWRG)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 14

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 2:02pm 8/18/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 050

Date Range: 1/28/2019 - 5/13/2019