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ARTH 379
Writing Art Spring 2021
Division I
Cross-listed ENGL 379 / ARTH 379

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This course is conceived primarily as an experiential adventure in creative forms of art writing. We’ll read several recent examples of such work (from writers including John Ashbery, Roland Barthes, John Berger, Teju Cole, Jorie Graham, Robin Coste Lewis, Eileen Myles, Ali Smith, Roberto Tejada, and John Yau) to get a sense of the range of approaches, from the ekphrastic poem to the essay to the novel, alive today; and we will spend considerable time in local museums, engaging intimately with works of art through various writing prompts, as you create your own creative responses to visual art. Along the way, we will work to historicize and theorize the relation between the verbal and visual arts, and to ask what looking at art brings to creative writing, as well as the ways creative writing might extend or alter the work of art history.
The Class: Format: seminar; This will be a hybrid course. We will divide our time between seminar meetings, where we will discuss published texts; museum visits, where you'll engage directly with visual art; and small group meetings, where you'll get feedback on your evolving work.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 5209
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: engaged participation; successful completion of assignments; demonstrated commitment and quality of the work, as evidenced by a final portfolio of revised writing.
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam, or permission of the instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: Undergraduate majors in English or Art and graduate students in Art.
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 379 Division I ARTH 379 Division I
Attributes: ENGL Creative Writing Courses

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