Reading and Writing Nonfiction: Dreamwork (LIT4385.01)

Jenny Boully

Dreams are oft-dismissed. As a society, we are told that no one is interested in dreams, to not share dreams, that the dreams of others are boring. This course aims to resurrect the dream, to return it to what it used to be regarded as: a vision, a message, a form of meaning, a puzzle to solve, work to be done, mirrors to face–in other words, this course will treat dreams no different than lived experiences. We’ll read nonfiction texts that incorporate and interrogate dreams as evidence. In addition to keeping a dream log, students will create work—both theoretical and creative—that confronts the dreaming space. Work will be discussed in a workshop setting.

Learning Outcomes:
o To read and interpret nonfiction literary texts with attention to shifts in forms, language, metaphor, tone, and other devices;
o To assimilate feedback in one’s revision process as well as complete significant revisions of one's creative work;
o To articulate critical and constructive feedback, both verbally and written, on the work of peers as well as texts discussed in class;
o To examine one’s own creative process and its possibilities.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Interested students should submit a writing sample via this form by November 24, 2023. Students will be notified of acceptance into this class by November 29, 2023.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
W 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Literature