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The goal of this class is to provide literary writers with a basic introduction to the main themes and concerns of the “dismal science,” economics. Because we live in a world that’s dominated by these ideas, it is important for writers not only to be aware of them and their social implications but also to see how they might influence our thinking and writing. We are all economic animals, whether we like it or not. We will explore the ideas of scribblers like Thomas Piketty, Joan Robinson, and Karl Marx, and there will be three writing workshops to distill our economic frenzies into elegant prose and poems.
Charles Tonderai Mudede is a Zimbabwean-born writer, filmmaker, and cultural critic. He writes about film, books, music, crime, art, economics, and urban theory for The Stranger. Mudede has made three films, two of which, Police Beat and Zoo, premiered at Sundance, and one, Zoo, was screened at Cannes. Mudede has written for the New York Times, Arcade Journal, Cinema Scope, Ars Electronica, The Village Voice, Radical Urban Theory, and C Theory. Mudede is also on the editorial board for the Black Scholar, which is based at the University of Washington, and between 1999 and 2005, lectured on post-colonial theory at Pacific Lutheran University, and in 2003 published a short book, Last Seen, with Diana George. Mudede has lived in Seattle since 1989.