Picador Seminars by Michael Lowenthal
Coming of Age in America: 21st Century Stories (Seminar)
Wednesdays, 3-6 pm. GWZ 3 5.15. This class will start on October 15th but will only run until the end of the year.
From The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to The Catcher in the Rye, The Bluest Eye, and many more of the greatest American novels, the coming-of-age story has held a special place in the nation’s literature. By chronicling their protagonists’ journeys from youth to maturity, writers in each successive generation have seized the opportunity to address our relatively young country’s growing pains, adding their stories to the ever-evolving definition of what it means to be an American.
In this course, we will read some recent additions to this long literary tradition. Looking at a range of novels published within the last decade—a time of sweeping demographic shifts, new openness in sexuality, and unprecedented economic inequality—we will grapple with questions of identity and belonging, and see what these stories may have to tell us about contemporary American culture.
The following novels will be read in this course. They have all been ordered at The Connevitzer Verlagsbuchhandlung:
Justin Torres, We the Animals
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names
Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You
Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones
Daniel Woodrell, Winter’s Bone.
This seminar is part of MA Module "Consumption, Culture, and Identity." It is also open to advanced Magister students. Please note that the rules for using Picadorscheins apply for this course. Get in touch with your students advisors if you have any questions.
Sexuality and Storytelling: A Workshop in Fiction Writing (Workshop)
Thursdays, 3-5 pm. GWZ 3 5.15. his class will start on October 16th but will only run until the end of the year.
Whether or not we agree with Freud’s comparison of creative writing to masturbation, fiction about sexuality and desire is a useful tool for the study of literary craft, because in such fiction, the technical questions writers often ask (“What does the main character want?” “Where’s the climax?”) are explored in strikingly literal fashion. In this workshop, we will read and write fiction about all aspects of sexuality and desire, using the magnified stakes of sexual drama to see more clearly the elements important to all dramatic narratives. Students will compose new works of short fiction; in an atmosphere of serious, respectful honesty, they will also respond, orally and in writing, to one another’s work.
All students are welcome, but the number of spots is limited. Please sign up via e-mail to email@example.com. Please note that responses to sign-up request will go out no earlier than mid September
Magisterstudents, please note that the rules for using Picadorscheins apply for this course. Get in touch with your students advisors if you have any questions.