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 Courses Winter 2017/18 

Below please find our course catalog. We will update these pages throughout the break and the semester. Unless stated otherwise, classes start in the week of October 9, 2017.
Students are responsible for keeping track of updates on actual course dates (some are alternating).


Creative Writing

BA Professional Skills Module “Creative Writing: Imagining America” (04-001-1019)
(5 Credits)

Tuesday, 3 - 7 pm*, GWZ 3 5.15
Daniel Peña (Picador Guest Professor)

Seminar: Writing Trauma
Tuesday, 3.15-4pm, GWZ 3 5.15

Tutorial: Creative Writing
Tuesday, 4-4.45pm, GWZ 3.5.15

*Both classes partly take place as block seminars: Tuesday, 3.15-6.45pm


What are the origins of trauma and where does it come from? What centers it? Who is allowed to write it and what happens when writing it becomes dangerous? How can trauma (our own or not) help us think about gender, race, and class systems in the larger superstructure of globalization? Moreover, how can we use trauma as an engine within our own stories? We’ll begin to answer these questions by engaging such texts as Sold by Patricia McCormick, Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil, Affections by Rodrigo Hasbun, and No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy as well as various photo essays and articles throughout this course. This course is a creative writing workshop though readings and craft discussions will be key to concept building in this course.

* Please note: The first class of this module will take place on November 7, and the last classes will take place in the week of January 8. A number of classes in this module will take place as block sessions, from 3.15-6.45pm. The exact dates and times will be agreed upon with students in the first class.

Please also see our news item for more information on this new module.

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