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Few structures in nonfiction are quite as intricate and exacting as the lyric essay. One must combine the poet’s precision with the memoirist’s dedication to truth and exploration, which is no easy task. Throughout the semester, we will explore the components that make a lyric essay tick. How do the masters of the form build narratives that feel so tightly packaged? How do they use white space and juxtaposition to create meaning? And how do we, as writers, find the structures that work best for our material? Students in the course will examine a wide range of texts from authors like Maggie Nelson, Anne Boyer and Claudia Rankine. They will also produce a body of critical and creative work with the ultimate goal of honing their skills as essayists.
It almost seems as though the election of Donald J. Trump marked America’s rediscovery of the working class, a subject position so often represented in the popular imagination as synonymous with the white working class male, the displaced industrial worker, the “forgotten man” of populist political rhetoric. But, of course, writers, poets, playwrights, essayists, and journalists have been capturing working-class life—in all of its complexity—for generations, and this course is an exploration of this literature in all of its breadth. We’ll map working class culture across genres, time periods, and subject positions from stories of rural agrarian life, to chronicles of the service and tourist industries, and of course, tales of deindustrialization as well. Our approach will be intersectional, as we explore the ways in which race, gender, sexuality, ability, and other contingencies shape the experiences of the working class.
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