Lecture – A survey of criticism, reportage, polemics, memoirs, and meditations from the 1920s to the present that explores the variety and flexibility of nonfiction styles and genres.
Readings will include:
Edmund Wilson: selections from The Edmund Wilson Reader
Virginia Woolf: selections from The Common Reader: First Series and A Room of One's Own
George Orwell: selections from Essays by George Orwell and Homage to Catalonia
Primo Levi: Survival in Auschwitz
Vladimir Nabokov: Speak, Memory
E.B. White: selections from Essays of E.B. White
Joseph Mitchell: selections from Up in the Old Hotel
Joan Didion: selections from We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live
Norman Mailer: The Armies of the Night
V.S. Naipaul: "Prologue to an Autobiography" in Literary Occasions.
See the Writing MFA Program page for all course information and requirements.