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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Writing
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3863
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Creative Writing
In this course, we investigate the figure of “the outlaw” in several contemporary texts, including Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song; Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid; Angela Carter’s Saints and Strangers; Kathy Acker’s Pussy, King of the Pirates; Peter Carey’s True History of the Kelly Gang; Dana Spiotta’s Eat the Document; the film, Badlands; and others. With a focus on close reading, we explore questions like: Is the outlaw a hero or a villain or an “everyman”? What are the laws and who makes them? Is the outlaw character based on an actual historical criminal, or imagined from a myth? How are the laws connected to gender? Are there laws in writing? Is the outlaw a stand-in for the writer? Students write two formal pieces (either one critical essay and one creative piece, or two critical essays), in addition to weekly informal assignments. This Riggio Writing & Democracy course is open to all undergraduates.
Open to Undergraduate students.