ENGL 4539 Advanced Creative Nonfiction: Writing the Past (Spring: 3 )
For the purposes of this course, we will define “the past” as at least 50 years ago. We will look into writing about family history, writing about an historical figure, and writing about an era by exploring a particular historic moment. Along the way, we will entertain practical questions involved in writing about the past as well as some of the more difficult philosophical ones. When, for instance, is it permissible to invent "facts"? How can we render "real" people fairly, whether they are relatives or public figures? And is it possible to avoid judging past events by present standards?
Instructor(s): Suzanne Berne
Last Updated: 16-Feb-15