Writing the Body
Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Open to all levels
Virginia Woolf writes, "Literature does its best to maintain […] that the body is a sheet of plain glass through which the soul looks straight and clear. […] On the contrary […] All day, all night the body intervenes." This course will examine these bodily interventions in writing and explore the merits of engaging deeply with illness, bodily change, and bodily difference. We will also discuss the body-centered prose of Ottessa Moshfegh, Han Kang, Carmen Maria Machado, and other writers.
ADDITIONAL CLASS DETAILS:
- Work outside of class: 1-2 hours of writing or reading outside of class.
- This class includes:
- Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
- Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft.
- Reading: class engages in close study of one or more works.
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- December 18: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Meghan Lamb is the author of COWARD, Failure to Thrive, All of Your Most Private Places, and Silk Flowers. She is a lecturer at the University of Chicago and the nonfiction editor of Nat. Brut, a Whiting Award-winning journal. Go to http://meghanlamb.com/ for more information.
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