The Scriptorium: Borders and Boundaries (WRI2310.01)

Camille Guthrie

This scriptorium, a “place for writing,” will function as a class for writers interested in improving their essay-writing skills. We will read to write and write to read, following the originator of the form, Montaigne. Much of our time will be occupied with writing and revising—essai means “trial” or “attempt”—as we work to create new habits and strategies for our analytical writing.  As we practice various essay structures with the aim of developing a persuasive, well-supported thesis, we will also revise collaboratively, improve our research skills, and study grammar, usage, and style. In our study of the form of the academic essay, our aim is to learn to write with complexity, imagination, and clarity. We will read model examples of form and content on the theme of borders and boundaries; texts may include essays, novels, art, and poems from Barthes, Bishop, Butler, Chang, Cole, Dijkstra, Douglas, Fanon, Foucault, Haraway, Hurston, Long Soldier, Lorde, Ovid, Rushdie, Satrapi, Shakespeare, Sinclair, Turner, Wittig, Woolf. As we interrogate real and imaginary perimeters, we will ask many questions: What occurs in those liminal spaces? How do power structures keep borders intact? Who and what gets put into the margins? What if those boundaries are transgressed? What happens to the body and to identity when one is “in between”? How do you conceive of yourself if you are neither “here nor there,” “nowhere and everywhere”? As we examine actual walls, rites of passage, cyborgs, and Ovarian Psycos, we will also look at liminality at the sentence level.

Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 4
M 2:10pm - 4:00pm; Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 18
This course is categorized as 2000, All courses, Camille Guthrie, Four Credit, Monday and/or Thursday Afternoons, Updates, Writing, and tagged .