Alternative Literatures
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Publishing is a mature industry dominated by a few incumbent forms, perhaps the most enduring of which is the book. This codification affords powerful reach and dazzling variations on theme, but, as with all dominant forms, demands conformity, which excludes divergent experiences and modes of expression. Traditionally, the gaps left by mainstream publishing have been filled by experimental texts printed in shorter runs within smaller, alternative communities, many of which constitute forms and traditions in and of themselves. Zines, chapbooks, pamphlets, broadsides, and more will be xeroxed, risographed, and printed-on-demand by and for immigrants, punks, the disabled, political dissidents, and other outsiders. In this explosion of multiplicity, we see text paired with image, innovations in layout and book binding, and radical expressions of the book as a site of casual play, among other surprises. Alternatives Literatures will survey the many forms a literary text might take, giving students a conceptual and practical basis for the creation and publication of their own alternative literatures, which will be exhibited and circulated as a capstone to the course. This structure, commonly known as a craft course, mixes two primary modalities, the literature seminar and the creative writing workshop, but will also borrow elements from the art studio and lecture.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: NA
Class#: 0
Requirements/Evaluation: Creative project(s); Other: Class preparation and engagement.
Prerequisites: There are no academic prerequisites. See sample syllabus for other requirements.
Enrollment Preferences: Random number generator. The spirit of the course is egalitarian so no special consideration should be made.
Unit Notes: Nick Greer is a writer, editor, and designer from Berkeley. He holds an MFA Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and BAs from Williams College ('08). For more: nick-greer.com.
Materials/Lab Fee: $50
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression

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