The lyric essay is a term given to work that is both poetic and discursive and that defies clear categorization. In these hybrid forms, the essayist may begin breaking into lines of verse, or poet may engage in a lengthier argument too rangy for the confines of a syllable count. In this course we will read Whitman’s Specimen Days, Dickinson’s letters, short essays by Virginia Woolf, Joan Didion, Julio Cortazar, Anne Carson and a score of other very contemporary writers whose work is uncomfortable with typical genre labels. Students will write their own hybrid forms and will write critically in creative forms.
Students are only allowed to take one Reading and Writing course per semester.
Corequisite: Students will be required to attend Wednesday literature evenings.