Seminar as Organic Novel

Term: Fall 2010

Subject Code: GSOC

Course Number: 5030

The course will examine the social construction of narrative including the novel, novellas, short stories, the nature of anecdotes, the social function of the storyteller and her place in city life. While sociology is one of the sciences-- it is also one of the arts-- fed by a creative imaginary so evident in drama, music, poetry and the novel. This relationship between art and science” will be explored as part of the course essence. Students must find a location and construct a narrative account of situations, events, and actors; or on rare occasions selection is provided by the instructor. This course will attempt the living novel while embracing the unity of science and art through the various ways of understanding reality. Students will read from weekly journals about their lived experiences and discuss how they are doing the process. This will enable the page to be the central element in the analysis as students are not limited to writing non-fiction accounts of the events experienced.

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