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Writing Beyond Whiteness: Anti-Racist Approaches

All Levels | The ideology of whiteness appears in writing as much as it does in real life, often in unexamined assumptions. This class will undertake the difficult but critical project of facing the history of whiteness in literature via close readings of poetry, short stories, essays, and theoretical texts. We will consider approaches an anti-racist writer might use, from “flooding the zone” to “crowded style”; class time will include exercises, as well as (brief) workshops.

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.

Instructor: Hanna Pylväinen

Class Type: 4 Sessions

Term: Summer 2021

Start Date: 08/03/2021

End Date: 08/24/2021

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Hanna Pylväinen

Hanna Pylväinen is the author of the novel We Sinners, which received the Whiting Award and the Balcones Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal; she is the recipient of residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, and Lásságámmi, as well as fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, and the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library. She has taught at the University of Michigan, Princeton University, and Virginia Commonwealth University; currently, she is on the faculty at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. Her second novel, The End of Drum-Time, is forthcoming from Henry Holt & Co. in 2023.

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