Lit Seminar: Girls
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: MFA Creative Writing Program
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3998
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Creative Writing
Historically, the girl child in literature has often been a stand in for innocence and or the violent removal of innocence. Modern feminist literature has sought to redefine what the girl might be capable of and what the girl might represent by asking questions such as: Do girls have adventure? Do girls have subjectivity? What voice do girls have in our modern culture? How do male and female writers use the girl’s voice to create narrative and character? What are girl’s bodies doing in our literature? In this class we will explore these questions but also ask: What are girl up to in your writing? Assignments in this class will include a creative piece (in prose or poetry) and a scholarly piece based on the course texts. Grading will be based equally on these papers as well as class preparation and participation. Examples of possible texts are: Dorothy Allison’s Bastard of of Carolina, ZZ Packer’s Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Of Love and Other Demons.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions