Essay Writing: Truth & Culture

Schools of Public Engagement: Writing Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Essay Writing: Truth & Culture

Fall 2018

Taught By: Zia Jaffrey

Section: A

CRN: 5148

Credits: 3

Essays in their myriad forms are everywhere -- blogs, books of poetry, newspapers, digital magazines, and emerging publications of every kind. It could be argued that the essay is our most contemporary form, combining the immediacy and intimacy of a personal voice with the exploration of broader themes. Essays can push the culture into its most vulnerable corners, shining the light of reality into dark places that some would prefer remain hidden. Still, it is the essayist's job to reveal--not necessarily shock--the reader with the truth. In this class, we will read work from Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard, Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and The Best American Essays (2013) edited by Cheryl Strayed. We discuss the history, purpose, and evolution of the personal essay, all while attempting to write some of our best work to date.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Writing Program (NWRW)

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: 2:40am 1/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 306

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 12/11/2018