Seminar – This seminar will explore the creation and manifestation of voice in poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction in forms including monologue, dialogue, reportage, speech making, gossip, argument, free association, soliloquy, and more. We'll discuss the ascendancy and persistence of the "I" driven voice and how notions of truth and sincerity attach to it and set reader expectation.
Reading selections include: Beckett, Salinger, Frost, Bidart, Albee, Richard Howard, Cormac McCarthy, Denis Johnson, Ai, Brock-Broido, Faulkner, Gluck, Capote, Proulx, Pinter, McDonagh, Hunter Thompson and others. Some readings on identity, self-awareness and language from other disciplines including psychology, philosophy and religion. Weekly responses to cross-genre writing exercises and class participation required.
See the Writing MFA Program page for all course information and requirements.