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ENG 199 Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction
This course is a multi-media overview of the many forms of nonfiction writing, from Montaigne’s Essais to Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book to the 21st century blog. Over the course of the term, we’ll examine how centuries of writers have combined prose style, fact, and context to make the realities of human life a vibrant literary form. As we read, we’ll also discuss how each “sub genre” carries with it its own unique parameters and audience expectations.
Texts for the course include the essays of Michel de Montaigne, Joan Didion, Sei Shonagon and Phillip Lopate, radio essays from This American Life, graphic nonfiction from Alison Bechdel and Marjane Satrapi, pop culture magazine essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan and Susan Orlean, and food writing from Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain.