Writing About the Arts
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: MFA Creative Writing Program
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3881
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature
This course is a writing workshop that also serves as an introduction to the exciting and varied field of criticism in the arts. In this class, students read essays and reviews by figures such as Roland Barthes, Joan Didion, Manny Farber, Hal Foster, Sasha Frere-Jones, John Kelsey, Anthony Lane, Greil Marcus, Susan Sontag, Amy Taubin, Lynne Tillman, and Edmund Wilson-taking into particular consideration both historical and periodical contexts, and exploring criticism’s changing role within culture at large. Bi-weekly writing assignments of short reviews, as well as of essay-length texts, give students the opportunity to use both past and contemporary models of writing as departure points for new engagements with criticism today.
Course Open to: Degree Students