ENGL469D - The Craft of Literature: Creative Form and Theory; Shapeshifting and Genre Theft: New Literary Forms

This class will question the relationship between form and content in contemporary writing that defies genre. How does subtext work in hybrid genres? How does structure affect meaning? How can creative writing respond to new forms of literacy? We will closely read and reflect on the work of Solmaz Sharif, Zinzi Clemmons, Anne Carson, Keith S. Wilson, Ruth Ozeki, Matthew Baker, Francisco Cantu, Daniel Mallory Ortberg, and others. Writing exercises and more heavily weighted assignments will ask students to make use of techniques, templates, and ideas taken from contemporary art and interactive media as well as comedy, news, TV, and film. Coursework will culminate in a portfolio of short experimental works accompanied by a critical essay. 

Prerequisite: 2 ENGL courses in literature or creative writing; and have completed a 200-level creative writing workshop in ENGL. Or permission of ARHU-English department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.