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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Literary Studies
Course Number: LLSW 3510
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
In Intermediate Nonfiction, students will focus on the theme of Personal Culture – their own, and that of selected nonfiction writers. Students will begin by considering what constitutes a personal culture, then they will study the works of certain movie, music, fashion, dance and sports critics. They will write reviews of and personal pieces about selected New York City events. Travel writing, also a highly personal form of fact-based narrative, will be read and written, as well as comedy writing, one of two of the most challenging kinds of fact-based narrative. The final course “unit” will involve what might be called the “sum” of personal culture expression: the Personal Essay, which can contain some memoir elements. Throughout the semester, emphasis will be placed on tone, style, prose rhythms, beginnings and endings, and the search for, and enhancement of, each student’s own inimitable writing voice. Course authors will include Lester Bangs, Geoff Dyer, Mikhail Zoshchenko, James Baldwin, Elizabeth Bishop, and others.
Open to Undergraduate students.