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If we are trained to despise sentimentality, how do we represent sentiment? This class will examine emotion across a range of works – from Leo Tolstoy to Anne Carson – in considering this primal, impossible, necessary question: how can writing evoke feeling? We’ll also do some writing of our own to explore the role that metaphor, sensation, and exposition might play in these evocations.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Leslie Jamison is the author of the novel The Gin Closet and a collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, which won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and garnered praise in a number of publications, including the New York Times and a place on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List.” Her work has appeared or will appear in places like Harper’s, Oxford American, A Public Space, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Believer. She’s a columnist for the New York Times Book Review and is currently finishing a doctoral dissertation at Yale about addiction narratives. She lives in Brooklyn.