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ENGL 7762 Fourth Genre: Contemporary American Literary Nonfiction (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

The "fourth genre" refers to works of nonfiction that contain literary features more commonly associated with fiction, poetry, and drama. We will examine a few pioneers of the form, including Woolf, Thoreau, and Freud, but our study will focus primarily on subgenres of contemporary American creative nonfiction, including immersion journalism; autobiography; graphic memoir; and literary and lyric essay. Readings will include work by creative nonfiction by writers such as Wolfe, Didion, Talese, Dillard, Kincaid, Bechdel, and Slater. Writing assignments will include both academic and creative essays.

Instructor(s): Lad Tobin

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17