Prose Literature Seminar
View Additional Course Information:

Including faculty, schedule, credits, CRN and location.

Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: MFA Creative Writing Program
Department: MFA Writing Program
Course Number: NWRG 5503
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Music History, Theory & Criticism
  • Literature
  • Music
This seminar will discuss issues raised in the lecture course of the same name – students are required to attend the lecture course. Through critical essays, novels, films, and music, this course examines commonplace, authorless songs—symbolist tunes (“I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground”), real-life allegories (“Stagger Lee”), and ballads that exist in a half-world between the two (“Barbara Allen,)—as elemental, founding documents of American identity. Owned by no one, these songs can be heard as common coin: as a form of exchange in which, over two hundred years or more, one varying performance or recording always elicits another. Commonplace songs will be examined as a form of speech that anyone can learn and anyone can use—as a tradition, comprised of eccentric individuals, that is always in flux—especially in the work of Bob Dylan across the last fifty years.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions