Storytelling in Calvino’s “Next” Millennium
Reflecting on "the future of literature" in 1985, the great speculative writer Italo Calvino noted that "there are things only literature can give us, by means specific to it." In this course, we’ll read Calvino’s essay collection Six Memos for the Next Millennium and write our own pieces in response (or in productive resistance) to his ideas about literature's key qualities. Students may use the course to generate a new story or to work on a story already in progress.
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Cara Diaconoff is the author of Unmarriageable Daughters: Stories and a novel, I’ll Be a Stranger to You. Her fiction has appeared in Indiana Review, The Adirondack Review, and elsewhere. She teaches writing and literature at Bellevue College. For more information check out Cara's LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/caradiaconoff/.