Picador Seminars by Linh Dinh

American Political Dissent on the Internet, a Survey

Mondays, 11am-1pm, GWZ 3 5.15

Students will examine alternative websites such as the Unz Review, Vdare, Prison Planet, Information Clearing House and CounterPunch, and read writers such as Joe Bageant, James Howard Kunstler, Paul Craig Roberts, John Michael Greer, Dmitri Orlov, Chris Hedges and Fred Reed, etc. The class will identify and discuss the most prominent themes and topics of American dissent, and how these underground, virtual conversations differ from what can be found in the mainstream media. Students will also debate about the effectiveness of this dissent, and what can be done differerently.

This seminar is part of the MA module “Transatlantic Space.”


Grounded: Place Specific Creative Non-Fiction, a Writing Workshop

Tuesdays, 3pm-5pm, GWZ 3 5.15

Students will be encouraged and challenged to claim, infiltrate and investigate places both familiar and alien. Assignments will be given that expand their writing repertoire. Samples from American literature will be used for inspiration. Brief passages from Jack London, Tennessee Williams and Annie Proulx, etc., will be read. What does it mean to have direct experiences instead of virtual ones? Who are often left out of literature? Who are consistently misrepresented? How well do you know your own community, or any other communities? These and other questions will be asked to make students more conscious of their writing practice.