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Since at least the 19th century the fictional enterprise has held aloft the possibility of creating written art which, at its best, delivers more than real reality to an increasingly educated population invested in working through the difficult questions of the human condition: romance, war, death, grieving and, of course the pleasures of aesthetic experience. Realism on one hand might be compared to the current renaissance of speculative fiction writing, particularly where “minor” figures and histories are concerned, the margins speaking back, into, and through empire. In this class we will explore a wide range of fiction, primarily contemporary, across the spectrum of genre toward an understanding of social reality as writers concerned with articulating a history of the present and thinking broadly, critically, across difference. Likely writers will include Mat Johnson, NK Jemisin, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Amy Yamada, Kurt Vonnegut, Fernanda Melchor, Samuel Delany, Toni Morrison, Indra Das, Yuri Herrera, and Yoko Towada.
In this course we’ll discuss poetry that incorporates the visual: drawings, screenshots, photos, observations, marking, and documents. We’ll study poetry comics, collage poems, concrete poems, and other work whose form or content has a relationship to looking. Other visually oriented craft and/or theory topics will include asemic writing, emoji, caption, juxtaposition, meme, plein-air, scale, light, sketch, and aesthetics, and students will have the opportunity to generate poetry + image experiments of their own. We’ll consider the ekphrastic point of view, art historical associations, and recent writing on “mess studies,” and texts will include Lauren Haldeman’s Team Photograph, Douglas Kearney’s Mess And Mess And, Harmony Holiday’s Hollywood Forever, Stella Corso’s Green Knife, and Ross Gay’s Be Holding, among many others.
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